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The efficacies of home visits: a study in Mrs. Garcia's 3rd grade classroom at Tahoe Elementary School

The purpose of this study was to determine the efficacies of home visits in Mrs. Garcia’s 3rd grade classroom at Tahoe Elementary School. Specifically, answers to the following research questions were sought: • Do the families feel that home visits have positive outcomes? • Do the students feel that home visits have positive outcomes? • How did the families and their children react to the home visits? • What effect did the home visits have on the parent teacher communication throughout the school year? Sources of Data The population used for this study consisted of the students and their families in Mrs. Garcia’s 3rd grade classroom, Mrs. Garcia herself, and the principal, Ms. Curry, at Tahoe Elementary School. Data was collected through the use of questionnaires and in-depth interviews. The responses represented the opinions of those students and their parents in Mrs. Garcia’s 3rd grade classroom. The data collected was reviewed and analysed by the researcher. All of this information was documented and formulated into an organized group of data to complete this study. Conclusions Reached The researcher concludes that the students and their families in Mrs. Garcia’s classroom, Mrs. Garcia herself, and the principal at Tahoe Elementary School, are all advocates of home visits. All of the subjects agreed that the outcomes of home visits were positive and beneficial to not only the students but their families as well. The communication between the student, their families and the teacher increased due to the home visits. Many of the students’ confidence in school increased as well, both socially and academically.

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