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ERIC Number: ED411957
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
Pages: 67
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Student Responsibility.
Ackerman, Sara; Hughs, Leah; Wilder, Ronda
This action research project implemented and evaluated an intervention for increasing student academic and social responsibility. The targeted population consisted of kindergarten, 1st, and 5th grade students in a growing middle-class community in central Illinois. The problems of irresponsible academic and social behavior were documented through teacher observations, academic assessments, and student self-assessments. Analysis of probable cause data revealed that students displayed a lack of ownership for learning and had high incidences of homework infractions. Faculty reported concern over a lack of continual progress reports and inappropriate parental over-involvement. A review of the literature suggested that students were not involved in the assessment process, they had a need for self-evaluation, and were dependent on extrinsic rewards. A review of solution strategies resulted in four major categories of intervention: the use of portfolio assessment, increased student self-assessment, use of cross-age peer helpers, and increased parent/teacher/student communication. The results suggested that the interventions were successful for all people involved. Parents, students, and teachers all noted a heightened awareness of academic and social responsibility. (Contains 13 references). (Author/SD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University & IRI/Skylight.