At-risk Students Defy the Odds: Overcoming Barriers to Educational Success

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Scarecrow Press, 2001 - Education - 139 pages
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What is your perception of at-risk students? A rural African-American man? A legally blind Georgia girl? A poor Pakistani immigrant? Rosa Aronson tells the stories of these and four other students, uncovering how very different at-risk achievers have overcome the odds stacked against them. Through seven narratives, Aronson analyzes their collective experiences. She offers recommendations for change in today's educational system based upon their journeys and the research of other overcomers such as Richard Rodriguez and Victor Frankl. A powerful book, At-Risk Students Defy the Odds brings to light the issues of poverty and race that affect education today, and provides hope for change.
 

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Contents

Success Failure and Educational Resilience in American Schools
1
Seven Stories of Resilience
13
Barriers to Success and Their Effects on Students at Risk
73
Enabling Conditions and Coping Strategies
97
The Experience of Achievement
115
Conclusion
123
References
135
About the Author
139
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About the author (2001)

Rosa Aronson is Associate Director of Programs, Trust to Reach Education Excellence, at the National Association of Secondary School Principals.