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ERIC Number: ED402523
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Out of the Mouths of Babes...Voices of the At-Risk Students.
Taylor-Dunlop, Korynne; Norton, Marcia
Dropping out of school is an event in a long series of life stresses. This paper gives the results of an in-depth ethnographic study of 11 at-risk females at a high school in the greater New York metropolitan area. The primary themes that emerged from the students were centered around their desire to have adults communicate with them in a non-hurtful way. When the students were asked who they turn to when having a problem and why they turn to the person, they identified remarkably few people. The security guards, one guidance counselor, and a few others emerged as trusted confidants. Students also identified adults who exhibited non-caring behaviors. An examination of responses showed that teachers who were attentive, respectful, helpful, and who listened, were perceived to be caring and concerned about students' social and academic welfare. It has been shown that successful secondary schools give students a sense of belonging, a sense of school membership, and foster academic engagement. A number of recommendations are given to help guide school officials in building and sustaining a caring school community, as well as in developing a program that promotes self-esteem and produces a culture of caring for all students. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A