ERIC Number: ED364790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
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Improved School Attitude in Elementary School through Child Centered Hands-On Activities by Building Confidence & Self-Esteem.
Gilbertson, Bonnie L.
This practicum was designed to assist the 25 students in one fifth-grade classroom where students projected a predominant feeling of not wanting to attend school and where many students, although all average to above average in intelligence, were not attaining consistent scores for achievement in relation to their potential. A 12-week program was developed and implemented for the classroom, consisting of 30-minute sessions. Hands-on activities were used to develop the students' knowledge, understanding and enhancement of their understanding of self and others, recognizing strengths and weaknesses, recognizing improving interests and abilities, communicating more effectively, learning the value of teamwork, and learning how to problem solve. Parents of the students were an integral part of the program, attending two evening sessions with their children. Each parent-child agenda lasted 2 hours and included parenting strategies in communication skills and discipline, plus tips on how to help their child succeed in school. Analysis of the charts and surveys completed showed that not one student's mathematics or reading final scores decreased and nearly one-half of the students increased their academic final scores. On the attendance chart, student attendance improved with only a few exceptions. Students changed their attitudes about school, exhibited a better rapport with peers, and the teachers responded favorably to the program. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hands On Experience
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.