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ERIC Number: ED439791
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Pages: 70
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Increased Student Achievement through Parental Involvement and Increased Student Responsibility.
Boberg, Tim; Carpenter, Kerry; Haiges, Shelley; Lundsgaard, Barb
This action research project addressed the problem of missing assignments among fourth- and fifth-graders at a school in northern Illinois. In order to document the extent to which students lacked responsibility for turning in daily assignments, the teacher-researchers kept track of missing assignments for each student and grade book records for 6 weeks to establish a baseline. The school's entire teaching staff and all parents of the targeted students were also surveyed. An intervention was developed to increase the percentage of students completing assignments through: (1) parental involvement; (2) improved home-school communication; and (3) student interdependence. The intervention specifically involved an automated daily voice mail system to inform parents of school assignments, a cooperative peer support system with rewards for 100 percent completion of assignments, and a "Completed Homework Tally Sheet." Data from the tally sheets and a concluding parent survey indicated a slight (2 percent) improvement in timely homework completion. Only 32 percent of parents indicated they used the voice mail system, compared to 79 percent who said on the first survey that they would use it. Eleven appendices include survey materials and cooperative group checklists. (Contains 32 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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