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ERIC Number: ED513720
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 106
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1096-1624-8
Designing and Implementing Portfolio-Based Student-Led Conferences: A Case Study of One Elementary School
Gismondi, Brian C.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Widener University
Traditional parent-teacher conferences and student-led conferences are tools schools employ to convey student progress with parents. The student-led conference offers a valuable means for increasing student responsibility which allows students to take ownership in schooling, which in turn helped improve parent involvement and student motivation. This study utilized descriptive, qualitative methods to examine the following research question as to designing and implementing portfolio based student-led conferences as reasons to utilize this initiative. The study specifically addressed the following: (1) To determine whether parents, students and teachers find student-led conferences insightful. (2) To determine if parents' expectations are being met. (3) To determine how teachers restructured their classroom routines. Data collection involved a combination of responses from participant interviews using 19 families and 6 third- and fourth grade teachers. Participant observation of the two grade levels and conversation interviews were held individually with the 19 selected parents, 19 students as well as their 6 teachers. The participants discussed student's academic and personal experiences utilizing the student-led conference model. Findings of this study indicated that the student-led conference drew a more positive response to student interaction between home and school and it is clear that the conference style has valid academic and social merits. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4
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Language: English
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