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ERIC Number: ED414374
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 62
Abstractor: N/A
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Reducing the Negative Impact of Adverse Environmental Conditions on Elementary-Aged Children and Their Families.
Wilson, Cindy
A practicum strategy was designed and implemented that focused on reducing the negative impact of adverse environmental conditions in one particular neighborhood in a town in Alberta (Canada) with a population of 8,500. Children in this neighborhood were served by one elementary school (enrollment 383), from which the strategy was implemented. The practicum plan was formed from the premise that a coordinated, community-based initiative should be implemented. Components of the strategy were a community resource and awareness utilization questionnaire, a parent support book for families living in the area, and a series of Parent Wellness evenings, which were facilitated by community service providers with expertise in family support. The "Community Resource Awareness and Utilization Questionnaire" was completed by almost half of the parents who received it. Responses showed that cost was a major factor in the ability of families to make use of community resources, such as parks and entertainment facilities. The Parent Support Booklet was rated highly by the 10 families who piloted this resource, and it will be used on an ongoing basis by parents who have children attending the target elementary school. The Parent Wellness sessions will be facilitated during the next school year, with some modifications being made as a result of feedback from parents during the project. The project and its evaluation have helped heighten awareness of factors contributing to the high-risk nature of the neighborhood and how schools can help offset this environment. Five appendixes contain the implementation plan and some of the questionnaires and surveys used. Contains 33 references. (SLD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada