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ERIC Number: ED389389
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-May
Pages: 52
Abstractor: N/A
Serving the Needs of At-Risk Students: The Community Approach and Teacher Perceptions of Its Effectiveness.
Burruss, Shelley M.; And Others
This study evaluated a program for meeting the needs of at-risk students in a Virginia elementary school. The program, known as the "community approach," was designed to foster the success of at-risk students by increasing parent involvement, allowing more time for student development, improving students' self-esteem and self-control, and encouraging cross-grade communication and collaboration among teachers. For the evaluation study, the teachers, the principal, and the instructional coordinator were interviewed to determine the effectiveness of the designed program. The results indicated that, overall, the community approach was regarded by interviewees as a successful program. Responses indicated that allowing time for student development is pertinent to the situation at the school, parents are more comfortable and more likely to communicate with teachers, the approach has had an impact on the self-esteem and self-control of students, and teacher collaboration was increased across grade levels. Responses also indicated that cooperation was one of the most powerful tools in constructing better programs for children. (Three appendices include interview questions and a summary of recommendations. Contains 23 references.) (AP)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A