ERIC Number: ED234306
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Children in Crisis: The Academic Effect.
Cook, Jimmie E.
Serious crises (death, divorce, hospitalization, moving, and physical, emotional, or sexual abuse) occur to the students a teacher sees daily, and teachers must learn to help students when these problems occur. To determine the extent and effects of such crises on academic work, students (N=300) from grades 2-6, 9-12 and college, who had undergone a crisis during their elementary years, participated in interviews. The results showed that all the students felt the crisis had interfered with their school work. Of the 200 students in grades 9-12 and college, 87 said the impact was short-lived, while 113 felt they never returned to their prior level of performance. Those who reported a short-lived interference indicated they had received help during the crisis through talking with teachers, parents, or friends. Of the children in grades 2-6, who were still dealing with the crisis, most (83) were reluctant to discuss it; the 17 who were handling it well indicated that parents, teachers, and friends discussed the crisis openly with them. All students said that reading was most affected, with a large majority feeling they had not overcome the loss of interest or ability in reading. (WAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College Reading Association (26th, Philadelphia, PA, October 28-30, 1982).