ERIC Number: ED349718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun-8
Developing and Implementing a Transition to High School Program for Incoming, At-Risk, Ninth-Grade Students To Increase School Success.
Monahan, Patrick R.
This practicum was designed to assist 62 incoming, at-risk, ninth-grade students to acquire the knowledge, motivation, interest, and skills necessary to make a successful transition to high school. Primary objectives were to reduce the number of disciplinary infractions; decrease school absences; involve more of the students in school-related activities; and increase student awareness of study skills, career education services, and counseling assistance. During the practicum program, groups of eight students met with school personnel during their lunch period, to promote social interaction among the students as well as between students and the program's faculty members. Upper-class volunteers were then assigned as "buddies" to ninth-graders. The upper-class students were to serve as role models while assisting the at-risk students with transitional concerns. Group guidance sessions served as vehicles to define and explore school policies, programs, services, and regulations. Small group counseling sessions and individual counseling sessions were introduced to provide an informal setting to share feelings and explore ideas. Study and examination skills were taught, career exploration sessions were conducted, tutoring assistance was provided, and social activities were organized. The practicum involved teachers, students, counselors, and parents in easing transitional difficulties. Analysis of data revealed that the program was successful in meeting its objectives. Appendices provide a student survey form and records of disciplinary infractions, absences, and school activities involvement. (Contains 27 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Attendance, Career Education, Counseling Techniques, Discipline, Grade 9, Group Counseling, High Risk Students, High Schools, Individual Counseling, Parent Participation, Program Development, Program Implementation, Readiness, Role Models, School Orientation, Skill Development, Student Motivation, Student Participation, Study Skills, Transitional Programs
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.