At-Risk Students: Portraits, Policies, Programs, and Practices

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Robert Donmoyer, Raylene Kos
SUNY Press, 1993 - Education - 429 pages
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This book explores the circumstances of at-risk students and argues that well-intentioned policymakers and educators run the risk of making matters worse rather than better for these students, even if their actions are based on the best social science evidence available. The book demonstrates the diverse, idiosyncratic nature of these students, argues that traditional social science methods cannot capture this idiosyncrasy and diversity, and presents research methods, policies, and programs that can accommodate student diversity.
 

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Contents

AtRisk Students Insights fromabout Research
7
The Purpose of Portraits Rethinking the Form and Function of Research on AtRisk Students
37
Nobody Knows My Life But Me The Story of Ben A Reading Disable Adolescent
49
Ways of Being At Risk The Case of Billy Charles Barnett
79
Ellen A Deferring Learner
89
Andy and Libby At Risk or Undervalued?
103
Karen An Interaction of Gender Role and Reading Disability
111
Something to Keep the Relationship Holding Victoria A Pregnant Adolescent
119
A Different Kind of Responsibility Social and Academic Engagement of GeneralTrack High School Students
229
Directions with Discretion Reading Recovery as an Example of Balancing TopDown and BottomUp Decision Making
247
In the Shadow of the Excellence Reports School restructuring for AtRisk Students
265
Emergent Spanish Literacy in a Whole Language Bilingual Classroom
291
Its Not a Perfect World Defining Success and Failure at Central Park East Secondary School
323
Creating a Culture of Writers with AtRisk Students
343
A Teacher Reflects on His Urban Classroom
369
The Risk of Writing Outside the Margins A Reexamination of the Notion of Access
381

Andrew The Story of a Gifted AtRisk Student
135
Paul Differentiating Disorder and Intervention
173
POLICIES PROGRAMS AND PRACTICES
189
Structuring for Idiosyncracy Rethinking Policies Programs and Practices for AtRisk Students
191
Placing Children At Risk Schools Respond to Reading Problems
197
Teacher Why Am I Failing? I know the Answers The Effects of Developmentally Inappropriate Assessment
219
A Policy Perspective Overcoming Gridlock Beyond Schools
395
In Search of a Bottom Line
401
References
403
Index
427
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About the author (1993)

Robert Donmoyer is Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership at the Ohio State University.

Raylene Kos is Supervisor of the Language Arts Programs for the Westerville, Ohio City School District.

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