ERIC Number: ED446184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Examining Interventions for Highly Mobile Students and Their Families.
Fisher, Teresa A.; Matthews, Linda
Consensual qualitative research was used to examine school interventions that were perceived to help stabilize highly mobile schools and their families. This study focuses on the types of programs implemented as well as the effective program components that encouraged families to remain affiliated with a school. Five principals, 10 counselors, and 3 social workers, representing 18 elementary schools, were interviewed. The results indicate that schools with highly mobile student populations have a diverse network of programs that provide the following curricular and extra-curricular services: (1) academic support; (2) personal development of students; (3) family support; and (4) community building for students and parents. The data regarding the most effective program components suggest that schools implementing family interventions need to emphasize positive relationships with parents by creating a sense of community at the school and demonstrating that parents are always welcome. In addition, schools must address the academic and social development of students by establishing clear academic expectations and increase their interactions with educators who care about students and believe all students can learn. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 19-23, 1999).