Type of Document Dissertation Author Chipman, Shelby Rawn Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-08182004-120624 Title A Survey of Perceptions of At-risk Students by Florida Secondary School Band Directors Degree Doctor of Philosophy Department Music, School of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Bentley Shellahamer Committee Chair Clifford Madsen Committee Member Dan Oberlin Committee Member Michael Allen Committee Member Steven Kelly Committee Member Keywords
- Band Directors
Date of Defense 2004-06-30 Availability unrestricted AbstractABSTRACT
The purpose of this study was to investigate how band directors in the state of Florida perceive and work with students who may be identified as at-risk. Specifically, the study attempted to answer: 1) To what extent are band directors in Florida’s secondary schools aware of at-risk students who may be in their programs?, 2) To what extent are band directors in Florida’s secondary schools aware of programs designed to assist at-risk students in their schools?, 3) To what extent have band directors in Florida’s secondary schools participated in the design and/or implementation of special programs for at-risk students?, and 4) To what extent have band directors in Florida’s secondary schools utilized teaching techniques, strategies, or special approaches that have proven successful in assisting at-risk students? A review of literature provided information on at-risk students, programs for at-risk students, music and at-risk students, and music programs for at-risk students.
A survey questionnaire was disseminated to 500 secondary schools in the state of Florida. Of the surveys sent, 130 (48%) middle schools and 132 (56%) high schools responded through U.S. mail, fax, or online. The sample (n=262) included schools described as rural (19.5%), urban (39%), suburban (37%), and other (4.6%). Schools with enrollment of 1001-1800 comprised 40% of the sample.
The results revealed that band directors were aware of at-risk students (79%) and at-risk programs (72%), however, they did not attend training opportunities designed to help them teach these students. The majority of those responding to the survey indicated that they have not been involved in implementing and/or designing special programs for at-risk students (96%). Additionally, a variety of techniques and approaches to consider when educating at-risk students in the music program were offered. Ninety-one percent of the band directors indicated that band encourages at-risk students to remain in school.
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