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Vannest, Kimberly J.; Parker, Richard I.; Park, Hija; Fowler, Laura T. Sanchez; Devore, Heidi; Mohan, Sarita; Bullous, Sallie – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2008
Mentoring is frequently discussed as a viable approach for improving the educational and social outcomes of students at risk for learning or behavioral problems. However, little data-based evidence beyond case study has been presented regarding the effectiveness of mentoring for students at risk. Here, 16 students with emotional/behavioral…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mentors, Student Behavior, Day Schools
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Onwuegbuzie, Anthony J.; Daley, Christine E.; Waytowich, Vicki L. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2008
In an attempt to understand why youth commit violent acts, Daley and Onwuegbuzie (2004)conducted a study wherein they found that juvenile offenders tend to commit violence attribution errors--defined as negative emotional responses to negative social interactions which then serve as antecedents to at-risk behaviors. The purpose of this mixed…
Descriptors: Males, Adolescents, Delinquency, Attribution Theory
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Gonzalez, Jorge E.; Vannest, Kimberly J.; Reid, Robert – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2008
This study evaluated the ability of the kindergarten and first grade Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS), measures of early literacy development, to discriminate among low average, average, and above average students considered at risk emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) on the Total Reading cluster of the Woodcock…
Descriptors: General Education, Reading Fluency, Alphabets, Orthographic Symbols
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Tierney, William G.; Garcia, Lisa D. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2008
Postsecondary level remediation has recently received a great deal of attention with the public questioning the efficacy of spending money on remedial classes, and scholars questioning whether such courses are effective in helping students graduate. The California State University (CSU) system has responded to the challenge of remediation by…
Descriptors: Remedial Programs, Remedial Instruction, Self Efficacy, Universities
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Kortering, Larry; Braziel, Patricia M. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2008
Youths with disabilities are at risk of failing to complete high school and face considerable uncertainty as they attempt to transition toward a productive adulthood. One potential tool to help more of these youths to stay in school and provide them with information as to suitable post-school careers is the use of vocational assessments. This…
Descriptors: Vocational Evaluation, Disabilities, High School Students, Student Attitudes
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Benner, Gregory J.; Rogers-Adkinson, Diana; Mooney, Paul; Abbott, Douglas A. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2007
A growing body of research suggests that children with language disorders are at risk for social adjustment problems and school failure. This paper provides further evidence regarding this situation, assessing the strength of the relationship between receptive language and social adjustment in a sample of the general population of public school…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Research Needs, Public Schools, Language Impairments
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Ryan, Joseph B.; Peterson, Reece; Tetreault, George; Hagen, Emily Vander – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2007
The purpose of this pilot study was to review the effects of professional staff training in crisis management and de-escalation techniques on the use of seclusion timeout and restraint procedures with at-risk students in a K-12 special day school. An exploratory pre-post study was conducted over a two-year period, comparing the use of these…
Descriptors: Crisis Intervention, Day Schools, At Risk Students, Crisis Management
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McCollum, Sharon; McNeese, Mary Nell; Styron, Ronald; Lee, David E. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2007
This study compared the reading achievement levels of 323 third grade students from a Caribbean school district receiving instruction from three different programs. Students were identified as at risk with a 95% minority enrollment, 100% free lunch and transportation, and the lowest NAEP test scores in the nation. Total standardized test scores…
Descriptors: Basal Reading, Reading Programs, Reading Achievement, Standardized Tests
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Griffith, Amy Stevens; Gill, Peggy B. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2006
Addressing educational change through systems design allows disciplined inquiry into the complex and emerging social structures of this dynamic system. One such method, narrative story, provides a way to examine the historical and current-lived practice of those engaged in the educational system. As a design conversation, it encourages the…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Secondary School Students, Systems Approach, Narration
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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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Piiparinen, Richard – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2006
This investigation provides a model for at-risk youth community agencies to tailor their programs to fit the specific needs of their local out-of-school youth. Using a needs-based assessment, baseline data were gathered on Cleveland African Americans (N = 187) to pinpoint academic strengths and deficits, career interests, and life-skill needs. The…
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Public Agencies, Program Development, Dropout Programs
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Morley, Raymond E.; Veale, James R. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2005
The purpose of this article is to present a basis for evaluating the effectiveness of programs and services for at-risk children and youth. An instrument designed to identify most at risk to least at risk students is presented along with examples of how to assess and evaluate program effectiveness utilizing the instrument. The primary intent of…
Descriptors: Children, Youth, Identification, Program Effectiveness
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Henrich, Randy S. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2005
The alternative education program remains a viable response for engaging students who would otherwise be dropouts. Raywid (1994) synthesized and advanced an alternative school typology describing organizational characteristics with related effectiveness that appeared useful for considering and improving program practices. A Unique opportunity…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Education, Dropouts, Classification, Program Improvement
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Penna, Albert A.; Tallerico, Marilyn – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2005
There are numerous factors associated with not finishing high school. The purpose of this student was to shed new light on one of them, grade retention, as seen through the eyes of retained dropouts themselves. Respondents describe three interrelated phenomena that characterized their trajectory from being retained-in-grade to subsequent premature…
Descriptors: Grade Repetition, Dropouts, School Holding Power, Graduation Rate
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Lemon, Jim – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2005
If risk taking is in some measure a signal to others by the person taking risks, the model of "costly signaling" predicts that the more the apparent cost of the risk to others exceeds the perceived cost of the risk to the risk taker, the more attractive that risk will be as a signal. One hundred and twelve visitors to youth…
Descriptors: Intention, Smoking, Health Behavior, Probability
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