ERIC Number: ED318828
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
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A Comparison of At-Risk and Successful Students' School Experiences in a Multicultural Jr. High.
Kramer, Linda R.
This study compares the school experiences and beliefs about school of academically at-risk and successful students in a culturally diverse urban middle grade school. Information was analyzed from a survey of a random sample of 110 students, comprised of 48 at-risk students, 43 good/average students, and 36 honor roll students, and intensive interviews and observations with a target group of 27 students within that group. The following findings are reported: (1) by seventh grade, at-risk students were more alienated from school than successful students; (2) for both at-risk and successful students, school experiences and self-image were closely connected to the quality of relationships with teachers; (3) for at-risk students, relationships with teachers were significantly more negative than for successful students and manifested themselves in perceptions of worthlessness to teachers; and (4) relationships with peers were not significantly different for at-risk and successful students. Statistical data on three tables and one graph and a list of 38 references are appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Educational Experience, High Risk Students, Individual Differences, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Personal Narratives, Student Attitudes, Surveys, Teacher Student Relationship, Urban Schools
Linda R. Kramer, Asst. Professor, School of Teacher Education, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182-0139.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).