ERIC Number: ED389800
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
New Trends in Educating At-Risk Students. Policy Update, Number One.
Guthrie, Larry F.
As the negative effects of traditional approaches to the problems of at-risk students have become known, several promising new trends have been recognized. First among these is the belief that all students benefit from raised expectations. A curriculum that builds on the knowledge and strengths students bring to school can capitalize on the ability of all students to learn. A schoolwide approach is generally replacing piecemeal efforts that separate disadvantaged children. Access to improved curriculum and instruction is recognized as a necessity. To cut down on fragmentation, schools are devising better ways to coordinate supplemental and regular instruction. Increasing instructional time is recognized as a need, and new ways are being found to extend teaching time. Parent involvement is another aspect that is receiving increased attention, as the vital role of parents is recognized. Yet another trend is toward the integration of services for children so that social services and school services can be linked. Ensuring that these trends continue will not be easy, but the progress to date gives cause for optimism. (Contains 6 resources.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Ancillary School Services, Curriculum Development, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Integrated Activities, Nontraditional Education, Teacher Expectations of Students, Teaching Methods, Time Factors (Learning), Trend Analysis, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.