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Noting the need for parents, schools, and community members to work together to meet the needs of unsupervised adolescents during after-school hours, this practicum was designed to address those needs in one middle school. Lack of adolescent after-school supervision was documented by means of a parent interest survey distributed to parents of children who would be attending middle school the following year, a school district committee of parents and district officials, and telephone communication with parents. The goal of the practicum was to have parents develop an after-school program for unsupervised adolescents that incorporated age-appropriate activities. Measurement of practicum outcomes focused on documenting major patterns of activities and examining the process of parental involvement. Process data indicated that during group meetings, parents indicated that a low cost, supervised, and diverse after-school program with age appropriate activities would solve the problem of lack of adult supervision. Parents, adolescents, and educators formed written policies and procedures, job descriptions, and activities for an after-school program. Parents used e-mail as an alternate method for communicating program decisions. The outcomes data indicated that parents' attendance at scheduled meetings was low but did not interfere with them being advocates for change. Parents developed materials that included policies and procedures, job descriptions, a volunteer form, a list of age-appropriate activities, and a program brochure that could be replicated for other adolescent after-school programs. (Three appendices include the parent interest survey, an after-school activity form, and a list of age-appropriate adolescent activities. Contains 34 references.) (KB)

Descriptors: After School Programs, Childhood Needs, Early Adolescents, Latchkey Children, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parents, Program Development, Supervision

Autor: Kieslich, Anita F.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7211&id=ED438906

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