ERIC Number: ED368824
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
To Increase the Number of Participants Utilizing the Homework Assistance Program in a Youth Center Setting through Tutoring, a Conducive Learning Environment, and Computer Instruction.
Hall, Annette Frances
This practicum was designed to develop an effective homework-assistance program in an after school and evening youth center. Before the program was introduced, a facility was available, but few students attended. The author reorganized and restructured the facility and its services to attract participants, motivate them to complete their homework, and as a consequence, to improve their academic skills. Before implementation, the program was publicized, and rooms were redesigned to provide an environment conducive to learning. During implementation, tutors were recruited and computers employed to support student learning. Recreation and snacks were other enticements that encouraged students to learn. Students (largest sample=73) were asked to complete a questionnaire about the program. Results were positive: the number of students attending the program had quadrupled. Teachers reported that participants experienced improvement in academic subjects, social skills, and attitudes toward school. Parents and students recorded increases in motivation to complete homework assignments. Seven tables and four figures illustrate the practicum paper. Eight appendixes contain the surveys and supporting documents. (Contains 23 references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Computer Assisted Instruction, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Helping Relationship, Homework, Incentives, Individual Instruction, Interpersonal Relationship, Practicums, Program Development, Recreational Activities, Secondary School Students, Social Support Groups, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Tutorial Programs, Tutors, Youth Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Paper, Nova University.