ERIC Number: ED098458
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Helping Schools Help Children. Research Report No. 2.
National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD. Center for Studies of Crime and Delinquency.
This pamphlet briefly reports on an experimental program designed to help the underachieving student whose academic and behavioral problems keep him in trouble with school officials. The project is based on the following premises: (1) children who learn basic academic skills and appropriate behaviors will be less vulnerable to future problems; (2) some children are not motivated by the usual rewards found in the school system; and (3) these children can be motivated through utilization of appropriate reinforcement procedures. The program involves three elements; (1) math and English work units which meet individual student needs, (2) group interpersonal skills classes, and (3) a counseling program for the parents. Results indicate that this investment in money, time, and concern for children has brought short-term rewards for students in terms of higher grades, better test results in English, and improved relations with teachers, parents, and friends. Long-range effects on the lives of the students cannot be measured; however, the author feels that it is fairly safe to assume that the replacement of failure with successful learning experiences will have useful and rewarding ramifications for the child and society. (Author/PC)
Descriptors: Academic Failure, Adolescents, Behavior Problems, Motivation Techniques, Parent Counseling, Program Descriptions, Reinforcement, Rewards, Students, Underachievement
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (Stock No. 1724-00349, $0.25)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD. Center for Studies of Crime and Delinquency.