Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Spring 1996

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Jack L. McPherson

Second Committee Member

Gregory S. Chan

Third Committee Member

Franklin D. Carlson


The purpose of this project was to develop a resource manual to facilitate effective instructional strategies for at-risk junior high school students. To accomplish this purpose, current research and literature related to at-risk student characteristics, their special needs, and programs and strategies developed to assist them was reviewed. Additionally, on site visits to selected programs and interviews with teachers and administrators were conducted.

At-risk students are young people who lack motivation to do well in school or work. They live marginally outside the socially accepted code for children and youth. School systems which have large numbers of at-risk students need to be flexible and creative in developing programs to meet the needs of these students. Parents and community members need to become knowledgeable and more involved with supporting programs for at-risk students.