At-Vulnerable Students Essay

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The “at–risk “adult students is a large group of students or prospective students with high chances of dropping out and not completing their degree, certificate program or just a single class. This term can be interpreted in many different ways. There are various qualifications of “at-risk” students such as students with academic issues, students with learning and other disabilities, student from immigrant families, students living with economic and social challenges and much more. (Nicole Robinson, 2004). Sometimes it is not possible to determine “at-risk” student in advance and only poor performance in a class would identify a student as “at-risk” one. Student nowadays come from all backgrounds, cultures and social classes. As an educational …show more content…
Homeless students, students from poor families, single parents, and student with full-time jobs can not commit to school, because college would never be a priority for them (Nicole Robinson, 2004). According to Maslow hierarchy of people’s needs, of a person does not have a safe place to stay and a food to feed a family-how likely would he be motivated to achieve high grades and get new knowledge in a class? Minority students such as Hispanic students and other immigrant student might have struggles with English proficiency and that could be also determined as “at-risk” factor, even though Chen and Kaufman’s study (1997) (cited by Office of Educational Research and Improvement, 1998) shows that it is rarely the case. Most legal immigrants are hard-working and ambitious so they are capable of learning the language and work for their goals. But still non-native speakers can experience all kinds of obstacles which prevent them from doing well at …show more content…
Veteran students occasionally belong to students with disability category as well. Another “at-risk” student would be considered a student with lower motivation. The roots of the problem can be lying in many areas, but the approach to them should be very individual. Some of these students need to have a sense of community and belonging, they would benefit from joining social clubs on campus and working with peer mentors. According to Toward Resiliency study by Office of Educational Research and Improvement, many students would benefit from parents involvement, as well as using some counseling services to see the goal in education and to realize who they are and what they want to do in life, how they see their own success, and based on their needs a counselor or advisor can help a student to select the right education path. Some of them might be just bored by the way learning material is presented in the class. Such students would benefit from more engaging and fun learning

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