2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

Students' Perceptions of School Learning Climate in a Juvenile Detention Facility
Justin W. McDermott*, Joan M. Scacciaferro, and Jonathan S. Jones
Dr. Carol Cox, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this study was to assess the perceptions of youth in a rural Northeast Missouri juvenile justice facility regarding their schools learning climate. A positive learning climate is associated with the prevention of negative behaviors, promotion of social-emotional learning and improved academic success, especially with at-risk youth. Students noted that staff cares about all students equally. However, students felt that they rarely settle disagreements without fighting. Lastly, respondents with mothers who did not receive college education may indicate that this group may need special attention in an educational setting. Emphasis on positive communication, problem solving, and positive interactions between the youth should be emphasized at the facility. Also, the staff should possibly pay special attention to those youth with mothers who possess less than some college education to see how well they are adjusting at the detention facility.

Keywords: Health Education, Learning Climate, Juvenile Detention Center, At-Risk Youth

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 10-2
Location: Georgian Room - SUB
Time: 4:30

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