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Ward, Sandra B.; Pelco, Lynn E.; Landrum, Mary S. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 1998
Describes an alternative, multicomponent assessment model that increases the probability of early identification of at-risk children who demonstrate the potential to be gifted. The model combines the use of traditional intelligence tests with nontraditional assessment strategies, including behavioral observations and curriculum-based assessment.…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Alternative Assessment, Curriculum Based Assessment, Early Intervention
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Slate, John; Algozzine, Bob; Lockavitch, Joseph F. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 1998
Evaluates implementation of the "failure free" reading program. Adequate repetition, appropriate sentence structure, and meaningful story content are incorporated in directed instruction, talking software, and print materials. Improvements were noted in attitudes, curriculum-based performance, and standardized tests. (MMU)
Descriptors: High Risk Students, Primary Education, Program Evaluation, Reading Achievement
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Obasohan, Austin Nosakhare; Kortering, Larry – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 1999
Youth who had dropped out of school (n=58) and their teachers (n=63) provided insight into key contextual factors that affect school dropout and general perceptions of school dropouts. Findings show significantly different perceptions between these groups about factors affecting school dropouts. (SLD)
Descriptors: Context Effect, Dropout Research, Dropouts, High School Students
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Wigle, Stanley E.; DeMoulin, Donald F. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 1999
Results of a study involving 74 learning-disabled or mentally retarded primary-grade students suggest that self-concept should weigh more heavily in decisions affecting students with disabilities. Self-concepts of these students were negatively correlated with the amount of time they spent in general classroom settings. (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Elementary School Students, Inclusive Schools, Learning Disabilities
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Nelson, J. Ron; Colvin, Geoff; Smith, Deborah J. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 1996
Assessed the effects of a proactive instructional approach to school-wide discipline in common areas of an urban elementary school of 555 students on the social interactions of students and referrals for disciplinary action. Results show a clear improvement in social behavior that was maintained throughout the experiment. (SLD)
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Discipline, Elementary Education, Social Behavior
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Lesar, Sharon; Espinosa, Linda; Diaz, Rafael – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 1996
Describes the Family Focus for School Success Project, a model program that provides education and support to language minority families in poverty and their children through comprehensive early intervention for children at risk of academic failure because of their home environments. An evaluation of the first year's efforts with 69 families…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Disadvantaged Youth, Early Intervention, Elementary Secondary Education
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Pollard, Richard; Pollard, Constance; Meers, Gary; Rojewski, Jay – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 1996
Results of a national survey completed by principals of 101 schools provide a comprehensive analysis of current trends in transition programs for adjudicated youth with disabilities in alternative school settings, effectiveness of transition program components, and obstacles to successful transitions. Although progress is being constrained by…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support
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Rutter, Robert A.; Margelofsky, Mark – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 1997
Using survey and interview data from 78 junior high and high school students in an alternative school, studies the ways school structures affect the experience of at-risk students. Seven dilemmas attributable to familiar school structures are examined, and implications for restructuring schools are discussed. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Experience, High Risk Students
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Candelaria-Greene, Jamie – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 1997
Reviews conditions in the environment that put the children of Hispanic migrant workers at risk for developing physical and cognitive disabilities. These include inadequate environmental protection, poor housing, and lack of access to health care and community resources. Strategies to facilitate positive change for farm worker families and…
Descriptors: Academic Failure, Disadvantaged Youth, Dropout Prevention, High Risk Students
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Saint-Laurent, Lise; Hebert, Martine; Royer, Egide; Desbiens, Nadia – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 1997
Analyzed the interrelation between achievement and personal-motivational variables in students at risk of school failure and students not at risk. Results from 606 third graders show that students with and without academic problems are different with respect to certain motivational-affective variables. Prediction of academic success from affective…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Affective Behavior, Elementary Education
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Kaczynski, Daniel J.; Little, Wesley – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 1997
Results of a survey of teachers of children and youth at risk indicate that reducing school and classroom violence is considered most critical among five broad areas of training for professional development. Inservice training course modules for seven topics related to this area are described. (SLD)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Inservice Teacher Education, Professional Development
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Kirby, Peggy C.; Styron, Ron – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 1994
Studied how differences in race, gender, and academic ability affected students' use of computers and attitudes toward computers. Results with 73 suburban fifth graders show that computer technologies were less available to students who did not do well with traditional approaches, in spite of the interest traditionally disadvantaged students…
Descriptors: Ability, Access to Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Attitudes
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Cheek, Earl H., Jr.; Broders, Kay; Fang, Zhihui; Fogleman, Shirley; Harris, Charlotte; Medver, Jane; Paris, Norma Jean; Stokes, Mary – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 1995
Defines and discusses at-risk readers, and reviews assessments of student classroom performance. Strategies that have been successful with at-risk readers in the elementary classroom are discussed, including dramatization, parallel drama, semantic guides, word images, connecting reading and writing, and media-intervention. (SLD)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, High Risk Students
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Kennedy, Mark – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 1996
This second part of a two-part essay shows how teachers, especially middle school teachers, can reduce academic risk. Two hypotheses are examined: (1) the more the classroom culture respects students, the more students respect the purposes, principles, and people in the classroom; and (2) assessment of learning must be fair and meaningful for all.…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Assessment, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education
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Ginn, Linda W. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 1996
Studied a pilot program to give preservice teachers a broader look at the lives of children by placing the teachers with community service agencies to work with staff serving low-income parents and children from diverse backgrounds. Preliminary evaluation indicates that most preservice teachers expanded their views about families served by social…
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Secondary Education, Life Events
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