ERIC Number: ED348706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
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Teachers' Communication Skills: The Key to Successful Parent Involvement.
Martin, Judith M.
Parent involvement begins with teachers and principals. They initiate the contact with the parents. How parents respond depends on how they are regarded--whether they feel respected and needed. The teacher has to model openness, so that the parent develops trust and becomes more willing to disclose and resolve. If teachers concern themselves with the "untrained parent" who might unwittingly interfere with their educational turf, teachers will not be able to sincerely produce the communication behavior that reflects openness. Furthermore, teachers must not view parent involvement as a burden and need to be better educated in strategies for involving parents. Two solutions to these problems are: (1) require at least one college course on interpersonal skills for new teachers; and (2) provide staff development on parent involvement for experienced teachers. The goals are to raise teachers' consciousness about the value of involving parents and to train them in the skills they will need to communicate with parents. A several-session course which begins with reinforcing teachers' successes and which includes activities for practicing learned skills can help to accomplish these goals. (PRA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: Communication Behavior