ERIC Number: ED380523
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-May
Reference Count: N/A
Interest Levels of Participants from Two Intervention Programs: A Comparison of "At-Risk" Youth.
Hodes, Carol L.
The interests of two different at-risk populations in Pennsylvania are compared. Both urban minorities and rural youth participated in programs designed to motivate them to continue their education. Participants (52 rural and 30 urban middle school students) completed an interest survey as part of the program orientation. Although the rural youth measured significantly high in many survey areas, the urban minorities measured higher than rural participants for many areas, including motivation, science interest, and general interest. Rural youth enter higher education in significantly lower proportions than their urban counterparts. Lower interest scores may reflect the lack of reflective programming for rural youth. With a general lack of programs and funds for at-risk rural youth at the state and federal levels, the rural youth are being overlooked in terms of educational opportunity. Further study is needed to better understand motivation of "at-risk" youth and effectiveness of precollege programs designed to help them. Two tables summarize study findings. (Contains 9 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania