ERIC Number: ED343193
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Effective Communication between the School and Home through the Publication of a Student-Generated Newspaper Utilizing Modern Computer Technology.
McCann, Donna C.
A practicum project was designed to improve effective communication between parents and a private school summer program by publishing a student-generated school newspaper. A pre-questionnaire concerning the effectiveness of communication between the home and school was distributed to the parents of the 54 students enrolled in an 8-week summer program held at a private K-8 school. The seven sections of the first issue of the newspaper (entitled "On Your Mark") were pinpointed based on the results of the questionnaire and conversations with teachers. The firt issue of "On Your Mark" appeared in the fourth week of the program and included material from students and teachers. Students' responsibilities and contribution grew in subsequent issues of the newspaper: the fourth volume was produced entirely by the students through the culmination of classroom instructional time in computer technology and newspaper publication. A post-questionnaire was sent to parents in the last week of the program. Results from the questionnaires indicated that: (1) 94% of the parents felt aware of upcoming school events at the end of the program; (2) 95% of the parents felt informed of their children's project; and (3) the students demonstrated the ability to format, organize, and publish a school newspaper using computer technology. (Survey instruments, all four issues of "On Your Mark," two mnemonic devices, and two tables of data are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Student Led Activities
Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.