ERIC Number: ED312573
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Youth Development Project: Preventive Intervention in Delinquency. Three Year Evaluation Report 1984-1987.
Manos, Michael J.; And Others
The Youth Development Project is a research-based program for delinquency prevention. The project tested three strategies for children and youth at-risk: social skills training, cooperative student team learning, and parent school liaison. Data collection and planning began in the 1983-84 school year and intervention was started in 1984-85. Another school complex was used for comparison. The project completed its third year in 1987. The project is intended to impact delinquency by influencing factors that precede delinquency. These factors include school failure, inability to get along with peers and adults, absenteeism from school, school tardiness, and disciplinary referrals. These results were produced for the experimental group: (1) absenteeism was lower than for the comparison group; (2) tardiness decreased over time; (3) disciplinary referrals remained low and were significantly lower than for the comparison group; (4) teacher student relationships improved significantly; (5) teachers of the group reported greater ease with classroom management than previously; (6) students learned with student team learning as well as with traditional teaching methods and liked team learning better; and (7) students and parents valued social skills training and reported that training had an impact at home and other relationships outside of school. Curriculum materials are developed for grades kindergarten to grade two and grades three to eight, and a high school curriculum is near completion. Training programs are available to assist other schools and the project has been replicated in 18 other schools. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Hawaii State Dept. of Education, Honolulu.
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Manoa. Center for Youth Research.