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ERIC Number: ED353352
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 222
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Slaying the Childhood Dragons: Empowering Hispanic ESOL High School Students for Achievement through Small Group Acculturation Modules.
De Vries, Daniel
A study was done to develop and evaluate a program designed to improve the academic and personal achievement of Hispanic American high school students. The study posited that the causes of Hispanic American students' belief that they could not achieve were: (1) dysfunctional learned behaviors; and (2) acculturation difficulties. Using findings on dysfunctional families, a 16-session biweekly small group module was developed to address students' learned behavior and acculturation difficulties. Themes of acculturation, personal growth, academic success, and professional development were included along with an achievement strategy. Nine of 11 volunteer students finished the program. Results were measured using pretests and posttests, attitudinal surveys, student journals, homework assignments, and a final student written report. Three students experienced a slight overall positive difference in attitude, and six students experienced negative changes. The negative variation was interpreted to mean that the program made the students aware of their own problems. In addition, students did not show the expected positive cognitive improvement in their grades on tests administered during the program. Appendixes contain the Family Drinking Survey, the Recovery Potential Survey, the short essay test sample, and a form for entering students' results. Included are 7 tables, 1 figure, and 121 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A