ERIC Number: ED114162
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Changes in Parent/Teacher Expectations in Cooperative Preschools.
Harms, Thelma; Smith, Judy
This paper, written jointly by a teacher and a parent, discusses the effects of changing parent expectations on parent cooperative preschools. It is suggested that pressure on the parent cooperative comes from parents' diminished respect for the professional status of educators, from new demands for a strict academic approach to preschool, and from the changing status of women. The parent cooperative philosophy of shared responsibility requires that the teacher have the professional skill and responsiveness to direct meaningful and successful parent participation and also maintain consistency of philosophy and procedure in the face of frequently changing parent boards. One essential element in a parent cooperative preschool is good teacher planning which can help parents become effective teachers. Another essential element is program evaluation which prevents a build-up of parental dissatisfaction and makes the communication of new ideas routine. The changing expectations of parents necessitates a clear division of responsibility between teaching staff, the parent board and the parents. (GO)
Descriptors: Expectation, Parent Attitudes, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Preschool Education, Teacher Role
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Early Childhood Education, Champaign, IL.