ERIC Number: ED402950
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Helping with Homework: A Parent's Guide to Information Problem-Solving. ERIC Digest.
Berkowitz, Robert E.
Parents can play an important role in helping their children succeed in school. This ERIC Digest presents the Big Six Skills problem-solving method as an effective approach for parents. The Big Six Skills apply to any problem or activity that requires a solution or result based on information. The Big Six can help parents effectively deal with the abundance of information available from many sources to guide their children through school assignments. The Big Six consists of: task definition, information seeking strategies, location and access, use of information, synthesis, and evaluation. In this approach, the parent assumes the role of a "coach" while the child assumes the role of a "thinker and doer." The parent guides the student through all steps it takes to complete the assignment, while the child thinks about what he or she needs to do at each step and then finds appropriate ways to do it. The Big Six approach recognizes the benefits of technology such as computers, e-mail, and the Internet for organizing information and for access to non-traditional sources of information. The Big Six approach can help parents effectively guide their children through assignments and at the same time help their children become independent learners and users of information. (Contains 10 references.) (Author/SWC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Access to Information, Computer Uses in Education, Electronic Mail, Elementary Secondary Education, Homework, Information Seeking, Information Skills, Information Utilization, Internet, Learning Strategies, Library Skills, Parent Role, Problem Solving, Research Skills, Student Role, Study Skills, Thinking Skills, Users (Information)
ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology, Syracuse University, 4-194 Center for Science and Technology, Syracuse, NY 13244-4100 (free while supply lasts).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology, Syracuse, NY.