ERIC Number: ED071180
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Structuring Communication with Parents: Participation in Common Terms.
This study was conducted to identify the language difficulties encountered by parents in working with 106 goal statements for elementary education. A sample of 13 parents from middle to low socioeconomic classes identified 1,265 words and phrases they did not understand. After the goals were rewritten, parents identified only 58 words and phrases as not understandable. Based on the theory that communication only takes place when communicators are speaking from a mutually held stock of knowledge, the newly rewritten statements are more understandable than the original statements. Based on the theory of pragmatic communication, the parents are still in a doublebind position regarding such goals as those of modern math and cannot communicate appropriately their desires for their children. Should principals act on the rating of such goals by parents, it is possible that the school programs would not reflect the true goals desired by parents. If parents are to participate in goal-sorting procedures, they need a way of indicating what they do not understand and an opportunity for further clarification prior to rating the goals. (Author/DN)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.