ERIC Number: ED356084
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May-3
Educational Responses to Issues of Self-Esteem and Trust in Homeless Students.
Root, Elaine H.
To determine the effectiveness of past and existing programs in meeting the needs of homeless children, this study examined current research on problems facing homeless students and reviewed programs developed to meet the students' needs. Organizations dealing with issues of homelessness were contacted, and available sources in print were analyzed. Programs serving homeless students were examined in terms of funding, emphasis of intent, and location of services. The study investigated whether privately or publicly funded programs have greater flexibility to meet the needs of the homeless. An examination of programs indicated that privately funded programs were more sensitive to the needs of homeless students due to increased flexibility, reduced protocol, and confidentiality of records. All effective programs for homeless students addressed the needs of reduced self-esteem and diminished trust. On-site segregated classrooms addressed the emotional needs of the homeless more effectively than did regular mainstreamed classrooms. To increase the effectiveness of existing and future programs, more comprehensive follow-up studies of academic and affective development are recommended. (MM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Child Welfare, Childhood Needs, Classroom Environment, Educational Needs, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Homeless People, Private Financial Support, Program Effectiveness, Psychological Needs, Public Support, Secondary School Students, Self Esteem, Student School Relationship, Trust (Psychology)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Research Paper, University of North Texas.