ERIC Number: ED432643
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Against the Odds: Developing School Programmes That Make a Difference for Students and Families in Communities Placed at Risk. Thinking about Full Service Schools No. 4.
This paper explores how "equity" and "risk" can call into question the ecology of a school. It suggests that failing to follow a holistic approach to a school problem can produce solutions that fail the students the effort was intended to assist. Examining schooling as a process of social production and reproduction leads to examining some of the traps set for educators in the most common risk stories told about students and families. On the basis of that analysis of prevalent ideas about "risk," some principles are established for the development of school-based programs that might make a difference. Some of the school cultural and structure issues associated with these principles are also outlined. These principles center around responding to immediate needs and designing interventions to meet needs rather than to attempt to arrive at "one best answer." Taking a holistic approach that is responsive to stakeholders can result in better coordination of services. (Contains 50 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Delivery Systems, Disadvantaged Youth, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Holistic Approach, Integrated Activities
Australian Centre for Equity through Education, Corner Bridge and Swanson Streets, Erskineville, New South Wales 2043, Australia ($15 Australian).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Centre for Equity through Education, Erskineville, New South Wales (Australian).
Identifiers - Location: Australia