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ERIC Number: ED430189
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-22
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Charger Connection Class.
Rost, Jacquie; Royer, Marceil
This research project, called Charger Connection, was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of a pilot transition program for incoming high school freshmen at Elkhart Memorial High School (Indiana). The Charger Connection class was developed to help students overcome problems associated with the transition from middle school to high school. Problems identified include a lack of academic preparedness, indifference toward homework assignments, and lack of appropriate study skills. One-third of incoming freshmen were randomly assigned to Charger Connection classes, which met during a study period. Teachers used the class to develop a "team" relationship with members of the class and to check on student grades and progress. They helped students learn to use their student handbook and to organize themselves. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected. Students in the Charger Connection had more positive results on a survey measuring adjustment to school. Qualitative results were also positive; however, some suggestions for improvements were made. Teachers felt that the orientation lessons were most helpful and made suggestions for changes. Improvements are planned in scheduling and in revision to interactive and relevant activities for the class. The syllabus, freshman survey results, and student and teacher surveys are appended. (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A