ERIC Number: ED335620
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul-5
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A Counseling Program for Parents and Students To Reduce Tardiness in an Elementary School.
Student tardiness at an elementary school was creating problems for classroom teachers, problems associated with interruptions, missing morning announcements, and the difficulty of reinforcing tardiness as unacceptable behavior. A program was developed and implemented to reduce elementary school student tardiness. The target group consisted of second, third, and fifth grade students (N=10) identified by their classroom teachers as being consistently tardy (20 or more times) during a 10-week period. Reasons for tardiness were examined by means of a survey. The programs consisted of the following strategies: (1) counseling for parents and students; (2) a daily check-in honor system located in the classroom; and (3) weekly incentives. Success was measured by comparing the statistics of the first 10-week period with the statistics of the 10-week implementation period. The use of a pre/post-attendance survey served to evaluate increases or decreases in student tardiness. Results of the program showed that tardiness was significantly reduced in the target population. Of particular importance was the reduction of tardiness among those students who were car riders. This result was noteworthy since their arrival time was dependent upon transportation provided by their parents. (Appendices include a sample tardy survey, parent letter, daily check-in plan, and student questionnaire.) (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: M.S. practicum report, Nova University.