ERIC Number: ED343990
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Home School and Adult Instruction Component Home-School-Community Agents Project 1990-91. Final Evaluation Report. Ohio Disadvantaged Pupil Program Fund.
The Home-School-Community Agent (HSCA) Project of the Columbus (Ohio) Public Schools was established in the 1990-91 school year to help disruptive students make a positive adjustment to elements in their lives that interfere with success in school. The project was implemented through 21 HSCAs in nine high schools and 12 middle schools. Each agent worked with approximately 60 students and designated 20 students for inclusion in the evaluation sample. Program objectives called for demonstrated improvement in attitudes toward teachers, education, and school behavior for 50 percent of the students. These attitudes were measured through the Demos D Scale and other determinants of student attitudes and background completed by students and teachers. Complete pretest-posttest Demos D data were obtained for 241 of the initial 420. Just over 15 percent had a lower probability of dropping out after the project, while almost 13 percent had an increased dropout risk. Some positive change in attitude was demonstrated by 46.1 percent through the Demos D Scale, and agents indicated that 72.4 percent showed behavior improvement. The project was considered valuable by students, agents, and school staff; and an administrative decision was made to continue it in the 1991-92 school year. Sixteen tables and one figure present study findings. One reference is listed, and appendices present dropout probabilities by grade in seven tables and study instruments. (SLD)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Behavior Problems, Change Agents, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Programs, Educational Objectives, High Risk Students, High School Students, Intermediate Grades, Junior High School Students, Middle Schools, Program Evaluation, Public Schools, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbus Public Schools, OH. Dept. of Program Evaluation.