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Underachievers in Secondary Schools

Education Off the Mark, 1st Edition

By Robert S. Griffin


354 pages

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Underachievement is approached from a broad, integrated perspective in this insightful look at the talented adolescent who always performs below his or her optimum level of achievement. Professor Griffin examines the psychological, social, and scholastic reasons behind the phenomenon of the distracted and disengaged high school student. The result of this in-depth study: A unique volume describing effective student learning behavior, providing curricular and instructional proposals for motivating underachievers, and offering a construct that provides the basis for understanding the various factors that account for academic achievement.


"…the thoroughness with which the content is covered will provide useful information for almost anyone with an interest in underachieving students ….extremely valuable for people interested in assisting underachievers; and has more to say about underachievers than any single title that I have recently encountered."

Journal of Adolescence

"An excellent book dealing with the question of what can be done about the 30% of our students with potential who slide along…. Griffin's work, which is humanistic and personal in style, is comprehensive and is supported by impressive chapter bibliographics. Recommended as a library resource for teachers, principals, and guidance counselors."


Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction. The Nature of Underachievement. A Perspective on Achievement. An Exploration of "Studenting." An Exploration of Teaching. Curriculum for Underachievers. The School Context. A Student Achievement Construct.

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