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ERIC Number: ED171030
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Student Participation in Educational Planning.
Byrnes, MaryAnn
Student participation in educational planning is important for the child, his parents, and teachers. Parents are often reluctant to inform their children when they are in academic trouble, either because they fear their child will lose self esteem or won't understand the information, or because partners often want to avoid the issue. These reasons for not sharing educational information with a child are usually well intentioned but may hurt, rather than help, the child. When honesty is absent children often sense the truth and are confused, sometimes feeling that a subject too taboo to be discussed must indeed be awful. Teachers are sometimes unwilling to take on a task they feel is rightfully the parents' responsibility, and feel caught in the middle. Experience has shown that when children are told openly of their educational problems they generally respond initially with silence, but later are able to open up and discuss future plans to remedy the problems. This involvement gives the child an opportunity to see that the situation is not hopeless and that he/she is not blamed. Often the children themselves come up with some of the best solutions to learning difficulties. (PHR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention, The Council for Exceptional Children (57th, Dallas, Texas, April 22-27, 1979, Session F-45)