ERIC Number: ED367444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Strengthening the Parent School Partnership: Improving Access of Minorities to School and Community Resources.
George, Brenda Goza
A practicum was developed to improve the involvement of minority parents and low-income families in the education of their children. Subjects were 30 parents and 17 teachers and staff. A parent resource center was organized at a Head Start site in a public housing community where parents attended workshops and were provided with school and community resources. Workshops designed to build self-confidence were held for parents. Topics covered included understanding child development and helping children with homework. Parents participated in language enrichment activities and reviewed and completed materials printed by the school district. Handbooks were developed for parents and for the teachers and school staff. Results of the practicum indicated that the organization of a parent resource center in the public housing community helped parents build self-confidence in their ability to gain access to school and community resources. Findings indicated that about half of the parents initiated at least two contacts with their child's teacher, and half of the teachers actively sought parent participation in school activities. Appendixes contain questionnaires administered to the parents and teachers. (Contains 26 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Community Information Services, Family School Relationship, Language Enrichment, Low Income Groups, Minority Groups, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Preschool Education, Public Housing, Questionnaires, Resource Centers, Self Esteem
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Parent Resources; Project Head Start
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.