ERIC Number: ED254306
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Primary Education: Cooperation between School and Family (Prerequisites--Implementation--Problems).
Although mutual collaboration has been favored by educational reformers of earlier periods, there has never been such a unanimous swing in different countries towards parent involvement as in the 1970's. Which objectives for home-school collaboration gain priority and how collaboration is organized depend to a large extent on national traditions, social stratifications, and ideological positions. Institutionalized cooperation is different in different European countries and the United States. All strategies are somehow deficient, since quite a cleavage exists between public expectations of and logistical support for the cooperation. Conceptual improvements in cooperation strategies are indisputably necessary. It is important to insure that (1) parent cooperation is looked upon as an ongoing process from the preschool to the primary school; (2) successful examples of alternative ways of collaboration are made accessible to parents and teachers; (3) inservice training concepts and training possibilities for parents, teachers, and administrators are developed; (4) more complex and longitudinal research is carried out comparing consequences of different cooperation strategies; and (5) a legal framework is developed, not only to guarantee information to parents and promote participation at all administrative levels, but also provide for the establishment of parent organizations and their participation in educational policy making. (Author/CB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Europe; United States; West Germany
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