The purpose of this mixed method study was to examine what factors contribute to a successful after-school program on the academic performance of at-risk students in an urban middle school. The scope of this work focused on whether the participation in an after-school program was beneficial to at-risk middle school students. This topic was important because there is a need for increasing the amount of time in which students are involved in educational activities beyond the regular school day. In these days of increased budget constraints any program that is competing for funding will have to be able to prove its efficacy. Having data to support the impact on academics of at-risk students was beneficial to the program which required funding, the entity which supplied the funding, and the students themselves as they were able to determine if their time was well-spent. This was a research project using interviews and reviews of academic progress reports/report cards. These methods allowed the researcher to not only establish a baseline as far as the students' grades are concerned but allowed for a look at the students' points-of-view of the program. The interviews took place at a middle school. The findings show that participation in the after-school program led to improvements in academic performance in math. However, there were also several additional benefits as a result of the participation in terms of feelings, attitudes and behavior. The findings also confirmed the students appreciated the significance of math and parents had positive impressions of the program. Furthermore, the interview with the director of the program revealed important challenges in providing such programs, especially in terms of funding and staff support.
|Advisor:||James, E. Alana|
|Commitee:||Ferebee, Camilla C., Williams-Black, Thea|
|School:||Jones International University|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Colorado|
|Source:||DAI-A 73/02, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Middle School education, Educational technology|
|Keywords:||After-school programs, At risk, Computer-based probram, Urban education|
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