ERIC Number: ED357104
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Learning To Fail: Case Studies of Students At Risk.
Strother, Deborah Burnett, Ed.
This study of students at risk was conducted to determine who is at risk, what puts students at risk, what schools are doing to help those students, and how effective these efforts are. Data were collected on about 49,000 students and almost 10,000 teachers in over 275 schools in 85 U.S. communities, and researchers conducted case studies of 65 young people. This book presents 11 of these case studies of at-risk public school students in the 1980s: (1) "Nicole, Seeking Attention"; (2) "Roach, Case Study of a Murderer"; (3) "Julie, Falling through the Cracks"; (4) "David, Growing Up Alone"; (5) "Jose, Sensitive and Mercurial"; (6) "Willie, Between Shy and Talkative"; (7) "Lonnie, Class Clown"; (8) "Mike, Small-Town Boy"; (9) "Crystal, A Gifted Dropout"; (10) "Danny, A Deaf Student At Risk"; and (11) "David, A Sometimer." Each chapter describes how risk manifests itself in a child's life and mind. Each child is different. Each story is set against a different landscape with a different home situation and different societal pressures and demands. However, many of the problems the children faced are the same, as are many of their solutions. Most of the children learned about failing from an early age. These stories provide shocking examples of the lack of coordinated services for children at risk within our society and data about how children can be helped to overcome their problems and eventually become productive members of their communities. (RLC)
Descriptors: Academic Failure, Case Studies, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Problems, Financial Problems, High Risk Students, Minority Group Children, School Role, Secondary School Students, Sociocultural Patterns, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa, Bloomington, IN. Maynard R. Bemis Center for Evaluation, Development, and Research.