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ERIC Number: ED548904
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 118
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2677-3423-5
Evaluating the Need for Counseling Intervention for Retained Elementary Students
Landrum, Diedra
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Nova Southeastern University
Evaluating the Need for Counseling Intervention for Retained Elementary Students. Landrum, Diedra, 2007: Applied Dissertation, Nova Southeastern University, Fischler School of Education and Human Services. Elementary School Counseling/School Counseling/Grade Repetition/Counselor Teacher Cooperation/Parent School Relationship. This applied dissertation evaluated the need for counseling intervention for retained elementary students in a school district. The problem that this study addressed was an increased number of student retentions as a result of legislative changes, and lack of intervention strategies to help these students overcome issues related to retention. The purpose of this study was to help students be more successful in school by raising academic achievement and self-esteem, which would increase their chances of graduating from high school. Surveys were sent to 207 school counselors, program specialists, third-grade teachers, and parents of retained students at all 25 elementary schools in the study district. There was overall support for school counseling for retained elementary students based on the 70 surveys received. According to the survey results, school counseling should (a) be offered to those students who need it, (b) start at the beginning of the school year retained and continue throughout that year, (c) provide individual and small-group counseling in the areas of academic and personal or social issues, and (d) include test preparation. The Second Start school counseling program, which was developed and implemented as a pilot program, validated that interventions that addressed academics and self-esteem were appropriate and effective for retained students. Based on the outcomes of this study, the following actions are recommended: (a) Additional research is recommended that would provide follow-up data about the pilot program students, (b) appropriate curriculum materials should be acquired and developed, (c) the research base should be expanded to offer the program at other sites, and (d) student outcomes should be demonstrated. The researcher recommended that this program be shared with school counselors, district administrators, and professional colleagues. [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
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Language: English
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