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Our Children at Risk
OECD. Published by : OECD Publishing , Publication date:  20 Jul 1995
Pages: 150 , Language: English
Version: Print (Paperback)
ISBN: 9789264144309 , OECD Code: 961995051P1
Price:   €40 | $56 | £36 | ¥5200 | MXN720
Availability: Out of print
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Other languages:  French (Out of print)

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Imprint:  Centre for Educational Research and Innovation


Children at risk come from a variety of disadvantaged backgrounds, and comprise 15 to 30 per cent of students in many OECD countries. They are more likely than others to fail to reach necessary standards in school, to drop out, and to experience real problems being integrated into mainstream patterns of adult life. At risk is an optimistic concept. It implies preventive action during all the school age years, and a full understanding of the complex ways in which families from many different cultures function. It requires flexible school organisation, curriculum and teaching to meet the educational and social needs of children and their families as well as community wishes and business interests. This publication draws on reports and case studies from 17 OECD countries and three foundations. It addresses preschool, school age and transition to work periods, and draws the policy implications of this complex issue.

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