ERIC Number: ED370338
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Implementing a Support Program for Parents of Learning Disabled Students in a Rural Elementary School.
Sizemore, Charlda Carroll
This practicum reports on the development of a support network for parents (n=34) of students with learning disabilities at a private rural elementary school. The program focuses on providing essential information to parents and increasing their involvement within the school setting. The program involved: (1) monthly meetings of parents; (2) creative projects involving parents and children working together; and (3) development of improved communication channels among students, parents, teachers, and the school. Success of the program was measured by comparisons before and after program implementation utilizing a School Involvement Parent Questionnaire, school records, and a Background Assessment instrument. A 30 percent increase in average scores was measured on the Background Assessment. A 15 percent increase in parental volunteers in the classrooms and a 12 percent increase in parental attendance at school-wide functions were also exhibited. A 25 percent increase in positive responses on the parent involvement questionnaire indicated increased parental engagement in creative projects. Extensive appendices include the measures developed for the study, results of telephone polls, specific results for each question on the questionnaire, letters and materials used to develop the program, and results of the Background Assessment. (DB)
Descriptors: Creative Development, Elementary Education, Family Characteristics, Family School Relationship, Learning Disabilities, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Private Schools, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Rural Schools, Social Networks, Social Support Groups
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master of Science Practicum Report, Nova University.