ERIC Number: ED340528
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep-23
Reference Count: N/A
Problems and Strategies Regarding Reducing America's Migrant Student Dropout Rate. Congressional Testimony Delivered in Response to a Request from the National Commission on Migrant Education.
Studies conducted by the National Rural Development Institute (NRDI) indicate that migrant students have a higher school dropout rate than non-migrant students. In addition, rural migrant students experience higher levels of family dysfunction and abuse, teen pregnancy, emotional difficulties such as depression or low self-esteem, poverty, parents' illiteracy, and alcohol or substance abuse. Other problems include feelings of powerlessness, dependency, and isolation related to distance, cultural, and language barriers. Recommendations are offered to reduce migrant students' dropout rates, including: (1) a concerted effort by the federal, state, and local governments in funding and implementing programs to address deficiencies of migrant education and to promote early intervention of specific problems that contribute to the high dropout rate; (2) enhancing self-esteem and dealing with emotional problems as a priority in improving academic grades, school attendance, and social skills; (3) involving and educating the community and parents; (4) providing diverse services for migrant students; (5) early identification and intervention of at-risk students; and (6) organizing student support systems and providing services for older students. Detailed suggestions are made on instruction and at-risk student programs. (LP)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Rate, Dropout Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, High Risk Students, Migrant Children, Migrant Education, Parent Participation, Program Development, Program Implementation, Rural Schools, Self Esteem, Sociocultural Patterns
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Washington Univ., Bellingham. National Rural Development Inst.