ERIC Number: ED328811
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Developing Positive Attitudes toward School in a Middle School Dropout Prevention Program Using Interdisciplinary Units.
Norris, Verna P.
This practicum was designed by a curriculum development administrator to develop positive attitudes in at-risk 7th-9th grade students in a drop prevention school in Florida. The school was located in a small town in an agricultural county whose population was predominantly black and of low socioeconomic status. The number of students varied from 52 to 48. One aim was to give students an opportunity to discover the relationship of education to their future success. Another aim was to develop decision making and critical thinking skills in these students. The last aim was to expose students to numerous career opportunities. Four interdisciplinary units which centered around the importance of education, decision making skills, critical thinking skills and career awareness were developed. The project administrator obtained material; arranged initial and culminating experiences for each unit; evaluated each unit; led a teacher workshop; and supervised and maintained the project. The results of the practicum were positive. An analysis of the results indicated that students had more positive attitudes when there were hands-on opportunities. Students were allowed to work in small groups in order to have collaborative learning experiences. Teachers understood the requirements of other teachers and spaced their assignments. Following a calendar demanded preplanning, but it also gave focus for the entire time of the unit. Teachers enjoyed working together as a team and began, in addition, to plan small units of their own. The appendixes include survey and evaluation forms. (25 references) (ABL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. practicum report, Nova University.