ERIC Number: ED373874
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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Lowering the Attrition Rate of Single-Parent Community College Students Enrolled in Child Development through Assessment of Their Special Needs.
Van Cleve, Tamara Gracy Toy
This practicum's goal was to lower attrition rates of single parents in child development classes at a community college by raising each student's self esteem. The subject parents: (1) had at least one child under age 6; (2) were eligible for educational opportunity grants; (3) were recipients of Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC); (4) were single heads of households; (5) became parents during the teen years; and (6) were enrolled in child development classes. As a measure of progress, the practicum sought to analyze journal entries for changing themes, establish an information center and survey the students on its use, foster participation in a support group, and lower attrition by 15% in the child development classes. Analysis of journal entries indicated an increase in positive self-confidence in 10 of 25 students. The objective of establishing an information center was not met; however, a successful support group was established. The final goal of lowering the attrition rate was not fully met because the attrition rate decreased by only 9% instead of 15%. (Appendices include journal and child study assignments, frequently asked questions on child development, materials from a workshop on gangs, sources of stress for children, and a list of child needs for good mental health.) (SW)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Fresno City College CA; Parent Child Development Centers
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.