ERIC Number: ED334038
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Evaluation of School Incentive Teams and Multicultural Training To Increase Success for High-Risk Students in a Rural City School District.
O'Sullivan, Rita G.; Baber, Ceola R.
This paper presents the results of a study of a low-cost dropout prevention program in a rural, small city school district (approximately 3,500 students) that used school incentive teams and multicultural training to increase success for students at risk of dropping out of school. Selected teachers in the eight schools in the district were organized into school incentive teams. Teams of four to six teachers met with university faculty to formulate dropout prevention action plans. The initial dropout prevention plans focused on making the school environment more inviting to students and emphasized non-academic areas in which the school incentive teams could create opportunities for positive recognition of students. Evaluation of the programs was based on written dropout prevention plans, field notes of meetings held, school observations, and school attendance records. Ten teachers, counselors, and administrators participated in multicultural training aimed at identifying attitudes, perceptions, knowledge, and skills concerning cultural diversity. The results of the program show it to be effective in maintaining a high level of teacher interest and effort in improving school success for at-risk students. No improvement in student attendance was noted. Results of the multicultural training show a positive impact on the attitude of school personnel toward at-risk students who are culturally different. This paper contains 16 references. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).