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ERIC Number: ED459033
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-2
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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They Are Our Kids: Significant Findings from a 1998 Latino Dropout Study.
Nesman, Teresa M.; Barobs-Gahr, Brigita; Medrano, Lydia
A study used focus groups and interviews to examine dropout causes among Hispanic middle and high school students in Hillsborough County, Florida. Major contributors to Latino student success included personal motivation to succeed, supportive parents, and being interested and involved in school activities. Factors contributing to dropout included lack of student motivation; negative peer influence; low support from parents, teachers, and community; responsibilities outside of school; language and cultural barriers; and inflexible school policies. Recommendations for action fell into four categories: (1) communication and support for students, school personnel, and parents; (2) availability of activities for Latino students; (3) appreciation of Latino culture; and (4) communication of school policies. A program at a middle school in the study, mentioned by students as being helpful, is described. The program recruits energetic, bilingual teachers and tutors to provide assistance with homework and basic skills review. It also recruits former program participants and other Latino tutors to serve as role models. Remedial courses with low teacher-student ratios are provided for at-risk students. Strategies are employed to increase parent participation and student involvement in extracurricular activities. Results from a brainstorming session following this presentation are outlined. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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