ERIC Number: ED320970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Female Dropouts: A New Perspective.
Earle, Janice; Roach, Virginia
Early socialization, cognitive differences, treatment by teachers, and curricular choices have a negative effect on both the self-esteem and academic achievement of young females. Program designers and policymakers should incorporate the following approaches into female dropout prevention programs: (1) academic encouragement; (2) counseling to improve female self-esteem; (3) coordination of services to meet females' academic and nonacademic needs; (4) bias-free interactions with teachers and administrators; and (5) encouragement for females to enter nontraditional courses and careers. The following programs illustrate effective approaches: (1) the Johns Hopkins Team Learning Project (Baltimore, Maryland); (2) Summer Training and Education Program (STEP) (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); (3) Homework Hotline (San Diego, California); (4) Applied Leadership Training for Youth (Tucson, Arizona); (5) School Age Mother (SAM) (Beaver Dam, Wisconsin); (6) PEER Power (Chicago Public Schools, Illinois); (7) the Discovery Links Project (Klamath Falls, Oregon); (8) the Early Single Parenting Project (San Francisco, California); (9) Think Again (Huron, South Dakota); (10) the Family Learning Center (Leslie, Michigan); (11) School-based, Noncurricular Model for Pregnant and Parenting Teens (National Association of State Boards of Education); (12) Gender/Ethnic Expectations and Student Achievement (GESA); (13) Expanding Staff Potential in High Technology (ESP) Seminars (Hanceville, Alabama); (14) Ysleta Girls Count! (El Paso, Texas); (15) Choices (Girls Clubs of America); (16) Choices Initiative in Wisconsin; and (17) the Job Corps (U.S. Department of Labor). Initiatives in six states illustrate how policymakers can help at-risk youth of both sexes. Lists of the promising programs and state initiatives, and a list of 46 references are appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Programs, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Elementary Secondary Education, Females, High Risk Students, Program Descriptions, Program Development, State Programs
Women's Educational Equity Act Program Publishing Center, Education Development Center, Inc., 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02160.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Women's Educational Equity Act Program (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.