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ERIC Number: ED357847
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 32
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Building on Children's Strengths: Examination of a Project Spectrum Intervention Program for Students at Risk for School Failure.
Chen, Jie-Qi
This study examined the effectiveness of Project Spectrum, an intervention program for at-risk students and an approach to assessment and curriculum development that identifies a child's area of strength and constructs the education and learning experiences around the child's competencies. A total of 119 students in 6 first grade classrooms participated in the study. In four intervention classrooms, students participated in Project Spectrum learning centers; in two control classrooms, they did not. To evaluate the program's effect on children's achievement, the study used a learning center behavioral measure, an academic achievement measure, a self-esteem measure, and a school adjustment measure. At-risk students were found to have higher self-esteem, better classroom adjustment, and higher levels of involvement when they were participating in the learning centers than when they were participating in regular classroom lessons. The at-risk children's attitudes and behaviors were significantly enhanced when they worked in their areas of identified strength. At-risk students in the intervention classrooms scored higher on the measure of school adjustment than did students in the control classrooms. The results suggest that children's feelings of competence and worth are integrally related to their demonstration of ability in an area of strength. Contains 23 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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