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Structure refers to the overall routine and monitoring provided by key adults for youth. Students' success in school is facilitated when families and schools provide a consistent pattern of events and age appropriate monitoring and supervision. Students perform better in school when they understand their schedule of daily activities, directions for schoolwork, rules for behavior, etc.


Sandra L. Christenson, Ph.D, professor in college of education and human development; and Cathryn Peterson, teacher with Armstrong High School, Robbinsdale, Minnesota

Revised by Kathleen A. Olson, program director in partnering for school success.

Reviewed in 2018

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