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Tele-TAPP Appalachia: Efficacy of Teleconsultation with Parents and Teachers to Promote Student Social-Behavioral Outcomes

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Principal Investigator: Amanda Witte

Co-Principal Investigators: HyeonJin Yoon, Susan Sheridan

Funding Information

Funding Agency: Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

Award Date: Jul 1, 2023

End Date: Jun 30, 2024


Students with social-behavioral problems are at high risk of developing long-term pervasive behavioral and academic problems. 

This project is designed to test the efficacy of Teachers and Parents as Partners (TAPP) delivered via distance technology (i.e., tele-TAPP) in rural Appalachian elementary schools. Elementary schools in rural Appalachia will be randomly assigned to either the intervention condition or the typical classroom service model (business as usual). 

Approximately 186 students, in kindergarten through sixth grade, with disruptive, externalizing behaviors will participate in the study. The tele-TAPP intervention will be implemented for eight weeks. Rating scale and observational measures will be used to assess student social-behavioral outcomes across home and school, and parent/guardian and teacher relationships, problem-solving and behavioral strategy use.

Researchers will also discern specific factors that mediate and moderate the effects of tele-TAPP on rural student social-behavioral outcomes.

Rural Schools and Communities, Social, Emotional and Behavioral Well-being, Academic Intervention & Learning

From left, HyeonJin Yoon, CYFS research assistant professor; Sue Sheridan, CYFS director; and Amanda Witte, CYFS research assistant professor, collaborate virtually with East Tennessee State University partners Kim Hale, associate professor of educational foundations and special education, left, and Pam Mims, professor of special education and associate dean of research and grants.
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