ERIC Number: ED359162
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Causes of Anxiety for Transfer Students: Implications for Teachers.
Marlett, Dana M.
The purpose of this study is to find out from transfer students exactly what they are afraid of or nervous about when they start over in a new school and examines the implications these anxieties may have for teachers. During the transition, transfer students often suffer social, academic, and emotional distress which can impede their adjustment process and integration into the new classroom. With the support of parents, teachers can facilitate the adaptation process by anticipating anxieties that new students may experience and addressing these concerns before they become a hindrance. In order to identify possible anxieties of transfer students, 30 males and females, grades 4-7, of various races and socioeconomic backgrounds completed surveys which asked them to explain what they worried about during the switch to a new school. The findings showed that peer relations was the main concern followed by teachers and faculty, academics, and school layout. The underlying theme in their responses was an overwhelming sense of uncertainty which teachers can lay to rest with integration techniques such as a buddy system, parent/teacher or student/teacher conferences, school tours, and other welcoming activities. A New Student Survey is appended. (LL)
Descriptors: Anxiety, Educational Research, Elementary School Students, Emotional Response, Intermediate Grades, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Parent Role, Peer Acceptance, School Orientation, Student Adjustment, Student Needs, Student Problems, Student Reaction, Teacher Role, Transfer Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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