ERIC Number: ED449479
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec-15
Reference Count: N/A
Exploring Urban Teachers' and Administrators' Conceptions of At-Riskness. CIERA Report.
Edwards, Patricia A.; Danridge, Jennifer C.; Pleasants, Heather M.
This paper explores the concept of "at-riskness" as defined by Head Start and elementary school professionals who work together in the same building. Using Bruner's (1996) idea of "folk theories," the authors show that the two groups' theories of at-riskness conflict and discuss how these definitions impact their practice with at-risk children. The authors used a series of exploratory interviews that probed for information about (1) student and family factors that contributed to at-riskness; (2) teacher and school responses to, expectations for, and beliefs about at-risk students; and (3) teacher and school intervention strategies for these students. They found that Head Start teachers and administrators, in general, were committed to working with children and families as a unit and assumed that parents were invested in their children's education, while elementary school administrators and teachers tended to identify a lack of parental involvement as disinterest and locate the responsibility for at-riskness within the individual child or family. Head Start and elementary school professionals need to begin conversations on this subject in order to bridge the gaps between the two programs. Contains 29 references and a table of data. (Author/RS)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Elementary Education, Family Environment, High Risk Students, Interviews, Parent Participation, Preschool Education, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Response, Teaching Methods, Urban Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement, Ann Arbor, MI.