ERIC Number: ED318961
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
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The Academic Skills Workshop: A Parent/Child Group Intervention To Stop School Failure.
Quackenbush, Ross; Gastineau, Jerrel
Many children needlessly fail in public school. They have adequate intelligence and academic aptitude, but they do no complete and turn in work. Their self-esteem plummets and they do not seem capable of recovery without adult help. The Academic Skills Workshop (ASW) is a model program for educators who believe in the ability of parents to help their own underachieving student. This intervention was originally developed entirely outside the school setting to help failing students academically without the need to conference directly with teachers or counselors. The workshop is given in the evening in groups of six to eight parent/student pairs. The ASW meets for an hour once a week for 5 weeks and uses behavioral psychology to shape adaptive home study habits and to turn in work. Students chart on-task time in each subject with a stopwatch. Students are required to study 5 nights a week. Students are told there is no such thing as not having homework and are directed towards methods of working on the appropriate course. Helping students with poor home study skills is conceived as a high-level parenting/behavior change problem, not a teaching problem. The key is to reach into the home, activate parental interest, and empower parents to become positively engaged in their child's education. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists (21st, Boston, MA, March 29-April 2, 1989).