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ERIC Number: ED413151
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Pages: 9
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Success of High-Risk Students after Completion of an Elementary School Intervention Program: A Longitudinal Study.
Smith, Marilyn; Hill, George C.; Bandera, Marcia
This paper reports on long-term effects of a fifth-grade intervention for high-risk students. The intervention, "Just Do It, Jr." (JDR), was a collaborative after-school program between University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the Elko County School District (Nevada), in which fifth-graders at risk of academic failure participated in a life skills curriculum and served as teachers for younger students. The program addressed personal, school, family, and community issues and focused on individual and family strengths and on building self-esteem. As part of a district needs assessment, all students in grades 8, 10, and 12 completed a 177-item questionnaire that examined personal and educational concerns. Among 8th- and 10th-grade respondents, 107 indicated that they had participated in JDI in grade 5. When compared to other students, the JDI group showed no differences in overall grades, grade repetition, or cutting classes. Differences were found between the groups in how well they liked school, importance of school to parents, and length of time they planned to go to school. The top 10 concerns of the two groups were similar, but the JDI group was significantly more concerned than other students about personal safety in the community, abuse, and pregnancy prevention. Other students were more likely than the JDI group to desire further information on preventing AIDS, postsecondary education, and paying for further education. The data indicate that the fifth-grade intervention had positive long-term effects on school success. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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