ERIC Number: ED327280
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Home-School Communication in the Secondary School: Ideas Worth Sharing for an Active Partnership. SCRE Spotlights 30.
This paper focuses on improving communication between home and school in the areas of curriculum and assessment. Research based on interviews with headteachers, management staff, guidance staff, subject-based staff, and parents, suggests several guidelines. Suggestions for preferred practices are offered so that school staff can check them against actual practices. These suggestions concern: (1) the school in its community; (2) the roles of asking and listening in the two-way process of communication; (3) the process of meeting with parents in groups; (4) written communication; (4) the process of communicating information about individual students; (5) the need to work on the development of personal relationships between parents and school staff; and (6) the process of improving school communication. It is concluded that the formation of partnership between home and school is not without difficulty. Two areas seem to demand immediate attention. The first is the challenge of discovering ways of tapping into the views of parents who do not readily answer survey questions or respond to invitations. The second area is teacher education. In terms of working with parents, the "sink or swim" situation of simply learning on the job can no longer be allowed. (RH)
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Educational Improvement, Family School Relationship, Foreign Countries, Guidelines, High Schools, Secondary Education, Secondary School Curriculum, Student Evaluation
Scottish Council for Research in Education, 15 St. John Street, Edinburgh, EH8 BJR, Scotland, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education.