ERIC Number: ED326322
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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Improving Academic Achievement of High Risk Students in First Grade through Early Identification and Diagnosis.
Jenkins, Patsy S.
This practicum intervention was designed to increase the academic success of potentially at-risk first graders and train teachers to identify such students. Objectives were to: (1) improve teachers' ability to accurately identify first graders at risk for failing first grade; (2) help parents become knowledgeable about working with at-risk students at home; and (3) increase students' readiness for achievement in first grade. In-service workshops were provided for parents, teachers, and volunteer tutors. Participants had the opportunity to share teaching strategies and techniques, and to use materials that were useful with at-risk students in school and at home. Students were grouped according to deficiencies and provided with activities that addressed their needs. A major element of the intervention was the whole language approach. Practicum evaluation data indicated that outcomes of the intervention were positive. Teachers could successfully identify at-risk students; students showed significant gains in readiness skills; and parent involvement improved. Numerous materials, such as a list of first grade readiness criteria, a parent handbook, outlines of student-parent activities, data, and forms, are provided. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.