ERIC Number: ED357105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Growing Up Is Risky Business, and Schools Are Not To Blame. Final Report, Phi Delta Kappa Study of Students At Risk. Volume 1.
Frymier, Jack; And Others
The Phi Delta Kappa Study of Students At Risk assessed 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 about 21,706 students, 9,652 teachers, and 276 principals; 65 case studies were completed; and holding power data about 27,250 students in 95 high schools were analyzed. This report describes the study, its methodology, and general results; general conclusions of the study; results of a statistical analysis that relates directly to causes of risk; previous studies that document that many U.S. children are seriously at risk; data suggesting that schools are not to blame for most of the risks that confront young people; data collected from teachers and principals; a rationale for understanding students at risk; what schools are doing to help students at risk, including suggestions about how to change those efforts; a perspective on working with students at risk (teaching responsibility); and data collected from people concerned about holding students in school through graduation. Teachers and administrators cannot solve the problems of at-risk students by themselves. The problems will be solved only if society changes in ways that enhance children's lives rather than endanger them. Appendix A describes study problems and procedures. Appendixes B, C, D, E, and F provide narrative descriptions and data tables on which chapter 4 is based ("The Pervasiveness of Risk"). Includes 111 endnotes and 43 data tables. (RLC)
Descriptors: Academic Failure, Case Studies, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Family Problems, Financial Problems, High Risk Students, Minority Group Children, National Surveys, School Role, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Sociocultural Patterns, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa, Bloomington, IN.