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ERIC Number: ED438899
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov-19
Pages: 19
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The Special Needs of Single-Parented Students.
Palladino, John; Dauler-Phinney, Neil
This study sought to answer the questions: (1) Is there a shared perception among colleges, schools, and parents that there are special needs affecting the learning of single-parented students? If so, what are these needs? and (2) Is there a shared perception among colleges and schools as to how well teacher training programs are meeting the needs of these students? The study was intended to provide a multidimensional picture of the current teacher training efforts in this area as well as to provide data upon which to make recommendations. Three surveys were developed, one for each of the targeted populations: college chairpersons and coordinators involved with teacher training; elementary, middle/junior high school, and high school principals; and single parents of school-age children and teens. The surveys were mailed to targeted populations on Long Island, New York. Findings showed that teacher trainers, especially in regular education, as well as single parents, believe that single-parented students have special needs that affect their learning in school, and these two populations described a variety of these specific needs. In contrast, only 50 percent of school principals responded that single-parented children have special needs that affect their learning. Use of the term "special needs" in the surveys may have influenced this finding. There appears to be a clear perception by teacher trainers and school principals that teacher training programs are not preparing prospective teachers to meet the needs of single-parented students. Also, single parents, by rating 27 percent of their children's teachers as "needing improvement" in this regard, provide additional evidence to support a recommendation for improved effort by teacher trainers. (Contains 49 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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