ERIC Number: ED340967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Development and Implementation of an At-Risk Program To Aid Targeted Middle School Students with Self Esteem and Academic Performance.
Kallmann, Diane A.
The problem of school dropouts and at-risk students has many causes. No one cause can be seen clearly as the dominant factor in a child leaving school and the possibility of that student not finishing his high school career. This program addressed the problems of at-risk students with poor social and academic skills. The literature reviewed stressed a multi-level approach to the problem concentrating on the improvement of academic performance, attitude, and self-confidence. The goals of the program were to: (1) significantly increase self-confidence; (2) sensitize faculty and administration to the problems of the at-risk student; (3) increase the academic performance of the targeted students; and (4) improve the attitudes of the students toward school. A multi-faceted program involving faculty, parents, peers, and counselors was used to address these goals. Private secondary school students (N=35) from grades 7, 8, and 9 were targeted for the program and 28 of these students met the stated goals and objectives of the practicum. Results indicated that individualization and concentrated effort in learning strategies, in conjunction with parent and faculty involvement, aided in raising self-esteem and in keeping the at-risk student in school. Students displayed greater academic motivation due to an increase in self-esteem and expressed positive feelings about themselves resulting in academic success. (Author/LLL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.