ERIC Number: ED343233
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Liontos, Lynn Balster
Research Roundup, v8 n3 Spr 1992
Family involvement in schools will work only when perceived as an enlarged concept focusing on all children, including those from at-risk families. Each publication reviewed here is specifically concerned with family involvement strategies concerned with all children or targeted at primarily high risk students. Susan McAllister Swap looks at three parent involvement philosophies and examines effective practices, using Joyce Epstein's five parent involvement categories. Swap argues that a philosophy recognizing home/school/community partnership offers the greatest promise for increasing at-risk children's academic achievement. Don Davies redefines parent participation, based on the work of several pioneers linking such involvement with school reform, and recommends that parent centers and home visitor programs be incorporated into elementary schools. In a review of 17 family education programs aimed at reaching low-income groups, Barbara Dillon Goodson and colleagues find no one program or method best for all at-risk families; the most successful programs are responsive to family differences. Siobahn Nicolau and Carmen Lydia Ramos discuss the reasons Hispanic families must be reached and strategies for organizing and sustaining family involvement with this population. Lynn Balster Liontos, in a report on at-risk family involvement, identifies ways to overcome barriers and suggests specific components needed for forging successful parent-school partnerships. Educators must avoid patronizing such families and realize the importance of empowerment and collaboration. (MLH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Change Strategies, Cultural Differences, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Hispanic Americans, Low Income Groups, Minority Groups, Outreach Programs, Parent Participation, Program Evaluation
National Association of Elementary School Principals, 1615 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 ($2.50).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alexandria, VA.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.
Identifiers: Partnerships in Education