Early designation of at-riskness: A follow-up study of developmental first-graders.
AuthorCallicotte, Nancy Rice
AdvisorSacken, Donal M.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis study takes an in-depth look at five children who participated in a developmental first grade program after a year in kindergarten. The characteristics of the students that led to their placement in the developmental program, the program itself, and the school progress of the students in the three years following participation in the developmental program are described. Students included in the sample were selected on the basis of their consecutive attendance in the same school for a period of five years to permit a longitudinal perspective on the schooling experiences of children perceived to be at-risk of school failure in the early years of schooling. Availability of classroom teachers for interviewing was also a consideration in sample selection. Qualitative research methods were used to develop detailed case studies on each of the five children. Interviews were conducted with the students themselves, their parent(s), classroom teachers, special area teachers, and other school personnel having contact with each student. School records, including special education records when applicable, were reviewed. In addition to document analysis and interviews, the children were observed in their third grade classrooms. The study examined the characteristics demonstrated by young children perceived to be at-risk in the traditional school setting, their teachers' perceptions of them in subsequent years, and their school progress through third grade. Several issues emerged from the data. These were discussed along with suggestions for consideration by policy makers to more effectively meet the needs of young children perceived to be at-risk of school failure. Recommendations were made for further research.
Degree ProgramEducational Foundations and Administration