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ERIC Number: ED324136
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Pages: 80
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Attendance among Kindergarten through Fifth Grade Students Using a Multi-Intervention Program.
Betancourt, Irene
A guidance counselor and chair of an elementary school's special services team implemented a 10-week practicum intervention designed to improve the school attendance of 107 kindergarten through fifth grade students who were chronically absent. While 49 percent of the truant students lived in an inner-city housing project, 62 percent lived in single family settings. The objectives of the intervention were to: (1) increase attendance; (2) increase parents' contact with school personnel; and (3) improve truants' attitudes toward self and school. Each targeted student met twice with the counselor to chart attendance and attended eight group meetings that explored such topics as decision making, self-esteem, motivation, values, effective communication, stress management, assertiveness training, and absenteeism versus attendance. Individual contingency contracts were developed. Students' parents were contacted through informal notes, telephone calls, and two-parent meetings. Attempts were made to improve parents' attitude toward school and increase their awareness of their ability to influence their child's success at school. Data indicate that the intervention was successful. Related materials are appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Educational Specialist Practicum, Nova University.