ERIC Number: ED368122
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Aug-4
Reference Count: N/A
Mediating At-Risk Factors among Seventh and Eighth Grade Students with Specific Learning Disabilities Using a Holistically Based Model.
Buckner, Alice E.
The purpose of this practicum was to effect a substantial improvement in the academic and social profiles of 12 seventh-grade and 6 eighth-grade students with specific learning disabilities who had been targeted as potentially high risk candidates for dropping out of high school. Within a holistically based intervention model, five student objectives were sought: passing grades in at least three academic subjects, two electives, and physical education; an attendance profile that configured to district-based guidelines; demonstration of appropriate social skills; and a satisfactory conduct record. The practicum comprised such interventions and activities as self-esteem and social skill training, career orientation, motivational techniques, peer tutoring/mentors, a parent telephone hotline, student progress reports, student tracking reports, and parent/teacher/student conferences. Expectations were exceeded at both the seventh and eighth grade levels in the areas of academics, attendance, and self-esteem. In addition, the eighth grade conduct objective was exceeded. The program has become an integral part of the exceptional education program in the practicum setting. Appendices contain several forms for use in administering the practicum. (Contains approximately 70 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance, Career Education, Dropout Prevention, Grade 8, High Risk Students, Holistic Approach, Interpersonal Competence, Intervention, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Learning Disabilities, Mentors, Parent Participation, Parent Teacher Conferences, Peer Teaching, Self Esteem, Student Behavior, Student Motivation, Teaching Models, Tutoring
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.