ERIC Number: ED480395
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
'Youth At Risk': Is Technology an Answer? Project Report, 2000-2001.
A study examined how technology is being used in "youth at risk" programs through a survey sent to programs in the technical and further education and adult and community sector in New South Wales. About 214 surveys were sent with a response rate of 18 percent. Findings and issues arising from a literature review and the survey may be summarized under these headings: definitions of youth at risk; voice of youth; reasons for early school leaving; effects of early school leaving; fragmentation of services; access to technology; and need for professional development. The literature review, survey data, and participants at youth conferences were in agreement about what makes for effective youth programs, which includes: early intervention; collaborative partnerships; coordination between services and agencies; individual and long-term case management; small teacher/student ratios; empathetic staff, including those on the front desk; a broader, more practical and flexible curriculum; positive, youth-friendly or adult learning environments; placing youth workers in schools and teachers in youth centers; adequate food, shelter, and clothing; removing artificial or legislative barriers that impede appropriate service delivery; a central agency to provide information and support for youth and families; funding systems that respond to local needs as part of a holistic approach; and a national commitment to youth. (Appendixes include 28 references; observations; and survey and results.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Access to Education, Adult Education, Agency Cooperation, Ancillary School Services, Counseling Services, Developed Nations, Dropouts, Educational Finance, Foreign Countries, High Risk Students, Holistic Approach, Information Technology, Partnerships in Education, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Surveys, Technology Uses in Education, Youth Programs
For full text (Rich Text Format): http://www.staff.vu.edu.au/alnarc/nsw/00youthrisk.rtf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Brisbane.
Authoring Institution: Adult Literacy and Numeracy Australian Research Consortium, Alice Springs. Northern Territory Centre.