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ERIC Number: ED411074
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
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Reinforcing Students' Motivation through Parent Interaction.
Brooks, Nancy; Bruno, Ella; Burns, Traci
This action research project implemented and evaluated a program for addressing the motivation of kindergarten, first-, and second-grade students by increasing parent participation in their children's schools and education. The problem of low motivation was documented through parent, teacher and student surveys, and analysis of student performance evaluated through assessments, checklists, and observations. Analysis suggested that societal factors related to family structure and parental non-involvement in the educational process might be contributors to the problem. A parent education and involvement program was developed, with components including a Read to Succeed (read aloud) program, Pull the Plug on television activities, take-home activity bags, and parent make-and-take workshops. Evaluation of the program suggested positive results due to increased parental involvement in their children's education and successful achievement; when both teacher and parent took part in this process, children tended to show more interest and independence in their work at home and at school. Children showed increased vocabulary, self-adequacy, and self-worth. A significant rise in motivation from both parent and child was noted, and the home-to-school and school-to-home relationship appeared strengthened. (Eighteen appendices include student interest surveys, parent and teacher surveys, Read to Succeed program materials, Activity Bag activities, Pull the Plug materials, and Make-and-Take workshop materials.) (JPB)
Descriptors: Elementary School Curriculum, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Learning Activities, Learning Motivation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Parents as Teachers, Primary Education, Reading Skills, Student Motivation
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Master's Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University & IRI/Skylight Field-Based Master's Program.