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ERIC Number: EJ906429
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1935-3308
Juvenile Delinquent Girls Reflect Learning in Schools and Offer Suggestions
Sanger, Dixie; Stremlau, Aliza; Ritzman, Mitzi; Snow, Pamela
Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research, v5 n1 p45-54 2010
Qualitative methods were used to conduct interviews of 41 female juvenile delinquents residing in a correctional facility to understand how participants would have improved learning in their former school if they had been the teachers. A total of 27 of 41 participants provided 70 comments that resulted in 93 meaning units/codes that emerged into 4 themes. The themes included: (a) suggestions for teacher improvement, (b) negative comments about teacher performance, (c) positive comments about teacher performance, and (d) self reflection on their behavior. Findings suggest it is important for correctional and school educators to listen to the voices of participants when addressing the needs of secondary students who struggle to learn, and if necessary, modify curriculum and instruction to allow for school experiences to be positive and potentially decrease the numbers of students needing to reside in correctional facilities. Participants' comments and reflections support consideration of Response to Intervention (RTI) and the role of language in classroom success. They also support the valuable contributions that professionals, such as speech-language pathologists (SLPs), provide as they collaborate with other correctional and school educators to plan prevention programs for older students. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A