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Flaum-Horvath, Shannon; Marchand-Martella, Nancy E.; Martella, Ronald C.; Kauppi, Cassondra – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2017
This study examined the effects of the SRA FLEX Literacy (FLEX) program provided to 44 middle school students considered at risk for reading failure as compared to their peers who were not at risk in reading (N = 197) who received instruction in the Holt Elements of Literature series. Two outcome measures were used to judge the effects of the…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Reading Fluency, Oral Reading, At Risk Students
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Villarreal, Victor – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2017
Extracurricular activity participation has been associated with a multitude of positive outcomes, including school completion, and research suggests that students at risk for school failure are particularly likely to benefit from participation. However, before extracurricular activity participation can be promoted to address such issues,…
Descriptors: Extracurricular Activities, Middle School Students, Hispanic American Students, Early Adolescents
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Okilwa, Nathern S. A. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2016
This study explored the experiences of middle school students, particularly focusing on the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students. For low SES middle school students, the known cumulative effects of poverty coupled with school transition and early adolescence development heighten the potential risks for school failure. By…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Economically Disadvantaged, Predictor Variables, Parent Participation
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Ecker-Lyster, Meghan; Niileksela, Christopher – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2016
This article reviews the literature on dropout trends, prevention, and intervention initiatives for school-aged children. Theoretical and consequential trends are highlighted to offer educators a perspective in which to view the dropout problem. This article also examines current trends in prevention and intervention initiatives aimed at reducing…
Descriptors: Dropouts, Intervention, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Rate
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DeLamar, Shawna; Brown, Casey Graham – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2016
This study examines the issues surrounding middle school students' transitions to high school and the degree to which freshman orientation models can help them. The attendance, discipline, report card grades, and end-of-course exams of 60 students who participated in a freshman orientation were compared to those of 150 students who were invited to…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Middle School Students, High School Students, Transitional Programs
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Collins, James C.; Ryan, Joseph B. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2016
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based practice that has been shown to prevent and remediate challenging student behaviors, while concurrently improving academic outcomes. While the implementation of PBIS is a schoolwide process which involves multiple intensive trainings for all instructional and support staff,…
Descriptors: Intervention, Case Studies, Student Behavior, Behavior Problems
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Buchanan, Rohanna; Ruppert, Traci; Cariveau, Tom – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2016
Middle school students with emotional and behavioral disorders are at risk for myriad negative outcomes. Transitioning between schools may increase risk for students being reintegrated into their neighborhood school. The current study seeks to inform supports for students and their families during these transitions. Students With Involved Families…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Case Studies, Middle School Students, Behavior Disorders
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Solomon, Brett Johnson; Garibaldi, Mark – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2013
There is an overwhelming disconnect between young adolescent girls and adults, in relationship to perceptions of middle schoolgirl risk taking. This mixed-methods study investigates the differences between adult practitioners and middle school girls' perceptions of risk taking, understanding of consequences, and needs among middle school girls.…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Risk, Females, Educational Strategies
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Hughes, Carolyn; Page, Allison; Ford, Donna Y. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2011
Cultural dynamics in school may contribute to disaffiliation and inhibited academic performance among diverse student populations (Marx, 2008). We queried 16 special education students in a low-income, ethnically diverse English Language Learner-cluster middle school about their perceptions of the cultural dynamics at their school and the…
Descriptors: Race, Culturally Relevant Education, Academic Achievement, Special Education
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Piper, Lisa; Marchand-Martella, Nancy; Martella, Ronald – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2010
The purpose of this action research was to determine the level of improvement of middle school students who were low performers in a mathematics class (N = 8) and who received "explicit instruction" with "double dosing" compared to their peer group who received normal instruction (N = 49). Results showed that at-risk…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, At Risk Students, Direct Instruction, Time Factors (Learning)
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Benner, Gregory J.; Uhing, Brad M.; Pierce, Corey D.; Beaudoin, Kathleen M.; Ralston, Nicole C.; Mooney, Paul – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2009
We sought to extend instrument validation research for the Systematic Screening for Behavior Disorders (SSBD) (Walker & Severson, 1990) using convergent validation techniques. Associations between Critical Events, Adaptive Behavior, and Maladaptive Behavior indices of the SSBD were examined in relation to syndrome, broadband, and total scores…
Descriptors: Check Lists, Emotional Disturbances, Validity, Behavior Disorders
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Stalvey, Sheryl; Brasell, Heather – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2006
This pilot study investigated the effects of allowing sixth-grade students in a rural south Georgia school to use stress balls during direct instruction and independent practice. Data from learning style inventories, surveys, journals, teacher observations, and formal assessments were collected for 29 sixth-grade students in a language arts class.…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Student Attitudes, Writing Ability, Teaching Methods
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Cashwell, Craig S.; Nassar-McMillan, Sylvia C. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 1997
In a secondary analysis of a study involving 619 middle school students, a path model was tested to examine the effects of family and peer variables on adolescent drug use. Results suggest that peer drug use is a salient issue in adolescent drug use, and that family variables influence male and female adolescent drug use differently. (SLD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Drug Use, Family Characteristics, Family Influence
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Yin, Zenong; Katims, David S.; Zapata, Jesse T. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 1996
Studied after-school activities of low-income, at-risk Mexican American middle school students, and examined relationships between these activities and substance use. Results with almost 1,200 students show a general lack of participation in organized activities by these students. Those involved in unsupervised after-school activities outside the…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Extracurricular Activities, High Risk Students, Intermediate Grades
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Campbell-Whatley, Gloria D.; Obiakor, Festus; Algozzine, Bob – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 1997
Evaluated the effects of a pilot program designed to improve the attendance and academic skills of African-American students at risk. Results with 15 middle school students show improved attendance, fewer suspensions, and better grades in mathematics, English, science, and history. In addition, most participants were promoted to high school. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Attendance, Black Students
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