The Need for and Effectiveness of After-School Programs in Helping At-Risk Students Academically and Personally
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academically and personally
Education -- Research papers (Graduate)
After-school programs -- Evaluation.
Problem youth -- Academic achievement -- Research.
Mentoring in education -- Evaluation.
The purpose of this research was to investigate teachers’ views of the perceived need for and effectiveness of after-school programs for helping at-risk school students academically and personally. To gather the teachers’ views of after-school programs, the researcher created a survey that was completed anonymously by 53 respondents. Although many types of after-school programs are offered, not all address the student needs that teachers identified. Respondents expressed their views regarding what they believed are the greatest impediments to personal and/or academic success of at-risk school students. Overall, survey results suggested that after-school programs were perceived to be effective and beneficial to at-risk school students. Respondents also expressed that teachers could take some responsibility and ownership in offering support for at-risk students. Findings from this study affirm that there is a wide variety of programs offered for at-risk students, and that the teachers surveyed feel these programs are helpful for student participants. Responses indicated that they associate some improvement in the academic performance and personal growth of their students with these programs. Continued research is needed to determine how after-school programs can address students’ academic and personal needs most effectively.