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ERIC Number: EJ1001612
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
ISSN: ISSN-1059-308X
Perceived Needs of At-Risk Families in a Small Town: Implications for Full-Service Community Schools
Voyles, Martha M.
School Community Journal, v22 n2 p31-63 2012
Researchers agree that a needs assessment is a critical first step in designing a full-service school, but the large task of orchestrating the necessary community collaboration for such projects has occupied most of the literature to date. This study examines the process of planning and implementing a needs assessment for a rural school serving low-income students. It illustrates how needs assessments necessarily reflect the planners' assumptions about at-risk families. Caseworkers interviewed 13 at-risk and 16 not-at-risk families. Rather than finding the need for improved delivery of services that is commonly reported, especially in urban areas, what families most sought was respect. In addition, teachers and parents held different perspectives on many issues, and a successful project would need to address those differences directly.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa