ERIC Number: ED328946
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Involving the Families of At-Risk Youth in the Educational Process. Trends & Issues Series, Number 5.
Liontos, Lynn Balster
Following mention of the literature and pioneers in the field of at-risk family involvement in education, this document discusses the history of the term "at risk" and its use, identification of children at risk, and the two major risk factors: poverty and minority status. The important connections and assets missing from the at-risk child's world are examined as well as how parent involvement can help to bridge the gap between child and school, change attitudes and expectations, and increase the similarity between home and school settings. Also discussed are the benefits parental involvement holds for children, teachers, schools, and the parents themselves; an adaptation of Joyce Epstein's forms of parent involvement; and a variety of proposed entry levels and activities for at-risk families. The necessity and forms of school initiative in involving at-risk parents are explored and related suggestions are offered. The nature and origin of barriers and misunderstandings between parents and teachers are examined in detail with emphasis on existing stereotypes. Last, new beliefs and principles that provide a foundation for successful programs for at-risk families are outlined. An appendix provides information about eight organizations concerned with at-risk families. (49 references) (CLA)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Attitude Change, Economically Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Identification, Minority Groups, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, School Role, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.