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ERIC Number: ED352175
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov-7
Pages: 15
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At-Risk Youngsters: Methods That Work.
Obiakor, Festus E.
This paper examines problems faced by youngsters at risk of failure in school, and discusses methods for helping them succeed in educational programs. At-risk youngsters confront many problems in school and in mainstream society, and are frequently misidentified, misdiagnosed, and improperly instructed. Problems faced by at-risk youngsters include: (1) the prevalence of single-parent households; (2) child abuse and neglect; (3) poverty and poor nutrition; (4) drug abuse; (5) complications of teenage pregnancy; (6) divorce and family breakdown; and (7) poor self-esteem. School-related problems faced by at-risk youngsters include the use of standardized tests, negative assumptions about them by society, and a lack of multiethnic education. Society's response to these multi-dimensional problems has often been a plethora of studies that blame families and the children themselves for children's poor progress in school. To successfully deal with these problems, however, federal, state, and local governments need to develop strategies to enhance healthy child development, and teachers must be willing to manipulate their instructional environments to address the needs of all students. Both teachers and social service providers must redefine their assessment, placement, and instructional strategies. Contains 34 references. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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