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ERIC Number: ED315496
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Training Parents To Utilize Support Strategies To Maximize Their Children's School Experiences and Foster Successful School Completion.
Polirstok, Susan Rovet
One very active approach that school personnel can employ to help at-risk students to successfully complete school is to maximize the natural parent support system as early as possible. Parent training programs generally adhere to one of the following models: (1) the parent-as-teacher model, which trains parents to use behavior management techniques and assist their children to learn interpersonal, communication, and academic skills; (2) the mixed model, which trains parents to identify and access community resources to meet specific and unique family needs; and (3) the parent-as-trainer model, which incorporates features of the other models and trains parents to train other parents. Three Lehman College projects involving parent training, the Parent Training Program (1983-86), the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP), and the College Discovery and Development Program (CDDP), are described. The following parent skill needs are highlighted: (1) communicating with their children; (2) setting realistic academic goals, including collaboration with school personnel; (3) advocating for their children in the school system; (4) disciplining and setting limits at home, including teaching children to evaluate their own behavior; and (5) supporting, maintaining, and extending the academic program to the home environment. The pivotal roles of teachers and guidance personnel as parent trainers are discussed in light of recent research. A list of nine references is appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A