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ERIC Number: EJ877505
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
Hovering Practices in and outside the Classroom
Hirsch, Deborah; Goldberger, Ellen
About Campus, v14 n6 p30-32 Jan-Feb 2010
The term "helicopter parents" typically involves parents--most often, mothers--who "hover" over their children to shelter them from stress, resolve their problems, and offer unwavering, on-the-spot support and affirmation. The recipients of this attention are the generation who have had their play dates managed and have been fed a steady diet of "You are special and extraordinary" since birth. As a result, today's students and their parents demand that college faculty and administrators act as "in loco" helicopter parents. In the classroom, helicopter practices might include being overly flexible about deadlines; offering make-up exams or extra credit assignments to bring up poor grades; heavy editing of student papers; or providing lecture notes when students do not do assigned readings or take notes. Advisors might adopt intrusive practices to inform and remind students about policies and deadlines and help them create a course schedule that meets their demands. However, in the process of providing additional service, what began as an exception can become the rule. Outside of the classroom, student affairs administrators have taken charge of planning activities for a generation of kids who have never learned how to entertain themselves. Residence life staff are pressed to quickly resolve roommate disputes by making room changes rather than requiring students to work out their problems. Some campuses have even started offering concierge-style services to provide students with all the comforts of home. In this article, the authors discuss ways of kicking the helicopter habit. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement