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ERIC Number: ED396823
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-13
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing Teachers for Family Involvement.
Weiss, Heather
One important aspect of family involvement that has been consistently overlooked is the need to prepare teachers for intensive work with families and communities. This study investigated professional development and teacher education in the hope of providing a framework for developing more comprehensive approaches for family involvement in education. State teacher certification programs were reviewed to see which preservice teacher education currently includes parent involvement, and researchers looked at how teacher education programs are preparing teachers to work with families and to work in schools that are becoming increasingly responsive to families and communities. Case studies of programs strong in teacher preparation in family involvement were also undertaken. Based on the experiences of the model programs, a number of recommendations were made for the reforms needed to make meaningful connections among home, school, and community, including: (1) giving prospective teachers more direct experience with families and communities; (2) making school conditions conducive to family involvement; and (3) hiring more experts in family and community involvement. (WJC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Program Characteristics
Note: Summary of paper presented at the National Conference of the Family Involvement Partnership for Learning (New York, NY, April 12-13, 1996).