ERIC Number: ED058572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Parent Counseling and Academic Achievement: Progress Report on the Initiation of a System-Wide Parental Consultation Program. Lexington Parent-Counseling Project. Follow-Up Study Procedure and Results.
Pigott, Katherine M.; Gilmore, John
Assuming that benefits would accrue to students if their counselors could work with the parents--because of the support and nurture received at home being so important to school achievement--counselors held weekly consultations with parents of underachievers in the Lexington, Massachusetts, Public Schools. Weekly inservice seminars were also conducted with the counseling staff to systematically train members in the use of parent counseling as a therapeutic tool. The students' levels and grades were weighted to allow comparison throughout elementary, junior high and high school. There was an overall improvement in grade point average, particularly at the junior high level. Most parents indicated that they were praising their children more and doing more things with and for them, and felt the children worked harder and were more independent. Current ego psychology is used to explain the results. The increase in trustworthiness, reassurance and reward, in the environment, allows the child's ego to function on a more effective level and hence he will grow and develop in the role that is expected of him, namely his schoolwork. Illustrative cases are cited, and the practice of parent counseling is encouraged. (KS)
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Authoring Institution: Diamond Junior High School, Lexington, MA.; Boston Univ., MA.
Note: Papers presented at American Personnel and Guidance Association convention, Las Vegas, Nev., March 30 - April 3, 1969