ERIC Number: ED305545
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May
Reference Count: N/A
What Should We Do about the Highly Mobile Student? A Research Brief.
In view of the statistics on the high degree of mobility in the student population across the United States, it is surprising that there is so little definitive research available on the effects of mobility on the achievement and adjustment of mobile students and so few suggestions to schools about how best to provide educational services to an increasingly transient student population. Mobility studies which have been undertaken indicate that correlations, although not necessarily cause-and-effect relationships, between mobility and poor achievement in language, reading, and mathematics have been found. For successful adaptation to a new school it has been claimed that the child must find an acceptable place among new peers, be able to meet the academic and behavior standards, and be accepted by the teacher. Effective school research has indicated that small focused programs with staff commitment can assist at-risk students. It has been recommended that there be individualized attention for leaving and newly entering students, and that parent handbooks and institutionalized practices be designed to assist children in making adjustments. School counselors can arrange opportunities for students to discuss adjustment problems. Teachers can be prepared to teach children who are culturally different. Services for immigrating groups and the mobile handicapped can be provided. (ABL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Service District 189, Mt. Vernon, WA.