ERIC Number: ED390543
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
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Parent-Teacher Empowerment: Meeting the Needs of Underachieving Students.
Ghavam, Carolyn C.
This paper examines the phenomenon of underachievement of students. Underachievement is characterized by a significant discrepancy between the student's performance and potential. After considering some of the common causes for underachievement and the typical problems of underachievers, the rest of the paper discusses six methods of intervention that can empower elementary and high school teachers and parents to address the problems and needs of underachievers. The first method, "The Power to Stop Accepting Failure," suggests using after-school study sessions and notifying parents of the situation and their role in it. The second, "The Power to Relate Attitudes, Behaviors, and Consequences," seeks to demonstrate to students that consequences are an outcome of their attitudes and behaviors, and therefore under their control. The third method, "The Power to Use Logical, Reasonable, and Consistent Consequences," stresses the importance of delineating the consequences for acceptable and unacceptable behavior related to achievement. The next method, "The Power to Teach Metacognitive Skills," suggests assisting underachievers to organize study time and monitor and evaluate progress. "The Power to be Creative and Use Cooperative Learning" impresses the need for involving students creatively and cooperatively in the learning process. The final method, "The Power to Mentor," emphasizes the need for teachers to assume roles of counselors and mentors to motivate the underachievers. Concluding comments focus on the relationship between academic and social success, and the role of both teachers and parents in dealing with underachievement. (BAC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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Identifiers: Parent Empowerment; Teacher Empowerment