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ERIC Number: EJ1098489
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
The Development of Technology-Based Counseling Strategies to Enhance Outreach to Parents and Students
Wallace, Marie L.
Forum on Public Policy Online, v2007 n1 Win 2007
This paper presents a program for counseling students enrolled in an online charter school located in Las Vegas, Nevada. The author presents a review of the process to establish an online school in Nevada and a unique model for delivery of services that combines face-to-face instruction and online education. The author describes the development of a counseling program that includes strategies for encouraging college attendance. Students and parents are given an orientation to online education, online test-taking strategies, and online resources for admission to college. A sample of a web page for counseling and guidance is provided. In addition, this paper summarizes an intervention and research study conducted by the author while serving as Director of Counseling and Director of Testing. This paper describes a counselor-led intervention to improve mathematics proficiency, help parents and students access learning and test-taking strategies available online, and help parents and students transition to a distance-learning school. The author explores the connection between failure on the test and failure to attend college. The counseling program was developed to expose parents and students to resources that promote college attendance. This action research study was designed to improve achievement in mathematics and prepare students for the mathematics proficiency test. The scores on the Nevada Proficiency Test in Mathematics were used to measure improvement. As a result of the implementation of test-taking strategies, there was an improvement in the number of senior students passing the test. Before the implementation of the strategies, the percentage of students passing the test ranged from 0% in February 2003 to 7% in April 2003. The Clark County School District has an average passing rate of 20%. After the implementation of the strategies, 30% of the students tested passed the test (November 2003). The results of the parent survey were positive with a majority of parents participating in the orientation and stating that the orientation provided excellent information.
Descriptors: Counseling Techniques, Outreach Programs, School Counseling, Computer Mediated Communication, Charter Schools, Distance Education, College Attendance, Mathematics Skills, Test Wiseness, Technology Uses in Education, Transitional Programs, Educational Technology, College Readiness, Action Research, Mathematics Achievement, Scores, Parent Surveys, Orientation, Mathematics Instruction, Conventional Instruction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nevada