ERIC Number: ED402525
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Correspondence in Themes Identified by Students, Parents, and School Support Staff with Regard to the Importance of Various Factors in the Success or Failure of Female At-Risk Students.
Taylor-Dunlop, Korynne; Norton, Marcia M.
This study examined the perceptions of female, at-risk students, their parents, and personnel at their school. The study was conducted at a comprehensive high school in the greater metropolitan New York area. Educational engagement and school membership were analyzed to see how these factors contribute both to the academic success and full participation of these identified students. Students, staff, and parents were asked their perceptions of the organizational and ecological barriers that influence students at risk of dropping out. In the responses, parents and staff believed that students found someone in the school to care for them. The security guards were seen by the adults to be an important reserve of caring for the at-risk students. Additionally, adults identified the isolates in the at-risk population to be alcoholics and drug addicts. Adults had definite ideas of how their colleagues could better serve the at-risk students--ideas which matched those of the students. Both adults and students described the same verbal and non-verbal non-caring behaviors. It is hoped that this study will identify elements that can be used to build and sustain a caring school community as well as a program for improving self-esteem and caring. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: For related documents, see CG 027 436-437.