ERIC Number: ED395075
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Risk Factors among High School Students in the Pacific Region.
Kawakami, Alice J.; And Others
A study was conducted to provide a profile of variables related to the status of students at risk of failure in public high schools in the American-affiliated Pacific region. This report, which is supplemented by four political entity-level studies published separately, gives an overview of the entire study. Throughout the four entities (American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Chuuk and Kosrae States of the Federated States of Micronesia), data were collected from 394 student records, 411 students (194 at-risk and 217 not at-risk), 304 families, 18 principals, 350 teachers, and 79 community leaders. Significant results were obtained for the relationship between students at risk and the following student variables: (1) foreignness (cultural differences or recent arrival); (2) absenteeism; (3) attitude and behavior problems in school; (4) substance abuse; (5) previous academic performance; and (6) amount of time spent on homework. School variables related to at-risk status were class size, teachers' years of experience, and teacher requests for additional training. Home and family variables that were related were family size and the quality of the relationship between the student and head of the household. Recommendations include schools, parents, and communities working together to demonstrate the benefits of school learning, provide counseling services to students and families, improve school recordkeeping systems, improve the quality of instruction, and increase parent involvement in the educational process. Policymakers must assist these efforts by enacting policies that support long-term, systemic change to improve the quality of learning in Pacific schools. Appendixes present five instruments from the study. (Contains 5 tables and 38 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pacific Region Educational Lab., Honolulu, HI.