Parent involvement with at-risk students : a case study

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Barbara Link Everhart (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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David H. Reilly

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of a parent involvement program, known as The Take-Home Computer Program (THC), on the reading achievement of Chapter I students. It also assessed parents', students', and teachers' perceptions of the benefits of the program. The study was conducted in a rural school system and included 191 Chapter I students in grades three through eight. All students were randomly selected. Seventy of the students were designated as the experimental group and 72 were assigned to the control group. The remaining 49 students participated in the THC Program after the post-test had been given. Their posttest scores on the California Achievement Tests (CAT) did not reflect the effects of the THC Program; therefore, their scores were not used in the study. The experimental group of students and their parents participated in a workshop which trained parents how to work with their children on the computer to reinforce reading skills. A computer and appropriate grade level software were loaned to each of the families for use in their home for a six-week period. Students in the control group and their parents did not participate in the THC Program. The California Achievement Tests were used as pretest and post-test measurements of reading achievement gains for the experimental group and control group.

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Language: English
Date: 1991
Education $x Parent participation
School children $x Testing

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