ERIC Number: ED099110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
School's Training of Parents to Be Effective Teachers of Their Own and Other Nonlearning Children.
Berlin, Roxie; Berlin, Irving N.
Parent involvement on a nation-wide basis, as participant advocates in their child's learning, can improve the achievements of the child and the mental health of children, parents, and teachers, and may be a way of reversing the recent trend toward nonlearning and early failure among young children. Schools are not able to make up for a child's deficiencies in experience which evolve from his home life during the preschool years. Three small programs which increased parent involvement are described and the results given: (1) a program of educational games designed to help parents teach age-appropriate concepts to preschoolers; (2) a program of learning games for economically disadvantaged parents to use with their second grade children to increase their reading achievement; and (3) a program in San Francisco in which parents of children threatened with expulsion became active observers and learning helpers in their children's classrooms. It was found that these working programs provided regular interaction between parent and child, evoked greater encouragement and approval from the parent, and increased parental interest in his/her child's abilities and progress. On the basis of these findings a model elementary school program is proposed in which an intermediary teacher teaches parents methods of helping children learn to read. (Author/ED)
Descriptors: Concept Teaching, Early Childhood Education, Educational Games, Elementary School Students, Home Visits, Low Achievement, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Preschool Children, Primary Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A