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Why Students Underachieve: What Educators and Parents Can Do about It


reviewed by Sheri Atwater February 12, 2007

coverTitle: Why Students Underachieve: What Educators and Parents Can Do about It
Author(s): Regalena Melrose
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 1578864402 , Pages: 280, Year: 2006
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Counselors, psychologists, teachers, administrators, social workers—in short, anyone who has ever worked with students with behavioral or emotional difficulties—can instinctively recall those students whose behavior remained confusing and overwhelming despite school personnel’s best efforts to intervene. For anyone who has ever left an individualized educational plan (IEP) meeting feeling that the child’s needs were not truly understood, Regalena Melrose’s book Why Students Underachieve: What Educators and Parents Can Do about It is a highly worthwhile read. Melrose’s research-based premise about how and why we continue to misunderstand such children and the ways to serve them better is nothing short of revolutionary in a field where classification of the 13 federal disability categories dominates the special education landscape. With clear prose and practical case study examples, Melrose first lays out reasons why educators must re-conceptualize the problems many of these students face—particularly students who often do not fit ‘neatly’ into an Attention... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 12, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13266, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 8:52:41 AM

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  • Sheri Atwater
    California State University, Los Angeles
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    SHERI ATWATER, Ph.D. is a professor in the school psychology program at California State University, Los Angeles. Professor Atwater teaches courses on psychological assessment, clinical counseling, and emotional disturbance, and supervises school psychology interns in Los Angeles area schools. She is the current president of the School Psychology Educators of California (SPEC), a non-profit organization composed of university school psychology trainers throughout California. Dr. Atwater presents nationally on culturally-relevant dialogue in the schools, and is the creator of the SUCCESS individual counseling program in the Pasadena Unified School District. Over the last 10 years, Dr. Atwater has worked in Oakland, Alameda, and Berkeley Unified School Districts conducting psychological assessments and individual and group counseling. She has also authored and contributed to several research publications for SRI International, the Bay Area Consortium for Urban Education, and the Corporation for Research in Educational Networking.
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