A descriptive study of the efforts and related elements of two middle schools highly successful in assisting at-risk young adolescents

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
James W. Colavito (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
John Van Hoose

Abstract: This study describes efforts to assist at-risk students in two North Carolina middle schools and describes aspects of the schools that add to the understanding of those efforts. Using case study methodology, the study includes detailed accounts of meetings, classes, and interviews with teachers. A survey of teacher opinions about their schools is also included. The Carnegie Recommendations found in Turning Points (1989) were used to organize the data. Most of the data fell under the following recommendations: (a) Create a small learning community where stable, close, mutually respectful relationships are fundamental; (b) Ensure success for all students; (c) Empower staff members to make decisions about the experiences of students; and (d) Re-engage the family in the education of its students. Implications from the study include: (a) People and the settings they create are critical to successful efforts to assist at-risk students; (b) Relationships within these settings are the key to successful interventions; and (c) Institutional values manifested in practices and policies influence the chances for at-risk students to experience school success.

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Language: English
Date: 1995
Children with social disabilities $x Education $z North Carolina
Middle schools $z North Carolina $x Evaluation
Middle schools $z North Carolina $v Case studies
Middle school students $z North Carolina $x Attitudes

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