ERIC Number: ED061998
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Involving Parents in Programs of Educational Reform.
The problem of involving parents in programs of educational change is discussed. It is noted that comprehensive programs of parent involvement in public education will cut across social-racial-economic lines in the community. Precautions to be remembered by those engaged in school-community endeavors are given: (1) "Reality" for the individual is determined by what his reference group accepts as reality; (2) The significance of the informal ties between an individual and his peers also means that even first-hand experience does not automatically create correct knowledge; (3) Programs designed to bring about a change in behavior must lead to the active involvement of individuals in the dialogue concerning the planning and execution of these programs; and (4) This crucial element of personal involvement is reflected in such areas as voluntary attendance, informality of meetings, and freedom of expression in voicing grievances. It is concluded that to the extent that educators can work with, through, and for new combinations of federal and state government funds, foundation assistance, and local parent groups, they may be able to accomplish something of lasting benefit for modern society through the development of a school system more attuned to the needs of this country. (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Administrators, Attitude Change, Attitudes, Behavior Change, Change Agents, Community Involvement, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Educational Programs, Federal Government, Financial Support, Interaction, Local Government, Parent Participation, Public Education, School Community Relationship, School Districts, State Government
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Early Childhood Education, Champaign, IL.
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