2012 Student Research Conference:
25th Annual Student Research Conference

The effect of strategic planning and home visits in fourth grade
Nicole R. Merritt♦
Dr. Wendy Miner, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this action research study is to determine the effectiveness of a home-visit intervention pilot program, in which parents are taught teaching strategies that are also used at school. The goal of the intervention is to increase student achievement in both mathematics and reading. The study involves three students and their families who volunteered to participate in this year-long intervention. Strategic plans, including strategies taught to parents, were created for each student depending on their needs determined by the classroom teacher and myself. Data from standardized assessments determined mathematics and reading achievement for the fourth grade. At the conclusion of the study it was determined that because of all the factors that contribute to student growth it was difficult to attribute the growth solely to the intervention pilot program. There were positive unintended outcomes of the study: stronger parent-teacher relationships, changes in parent and student mindsets, better behavior in the classroom and positive attitudes toward reading.

Keywords: home visit, parental involvement, strategic plans


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 113-4
Location: VH 1010
Time: 8:45

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