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ERIC Number: ED147288
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
Pages: 67
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A Study of Parent Attitudes on the Parent-Teacher Conference.
Hertel, Suzanne M.
This document studies parent attitudes toward parent-teacher communication in the setting of the parent-teacher conference. Respondents were asked to share in-depth their thoughts about parent-teacher communication in six topic areas: (1) the circumstances, (2) the importance, (3) the expectations, (4) the comfort level, (5) the characteristics, and (6) the description of what parents consider to be a meaningful parent-teacher conference. The questionnaire was distributed to 39 sets of parents of elementary school age children; the sample group would be characterized as upper middle class, professional or managerial, largely suburban families. Data obtained from the study verified the existence of seven theoretical conference types (social, progress, program, problem, helping, upset-parent, and sharing). Findings also indicate that parents (1) expect to confer with the teacher throughout the school year, (2) view the conference as important, (3) approach the conference with their own expectations, (4) are both comfortable and somewhat uncomfortable in the conference situation, (5) know what constitutes a meaningful conference, and (6) have constructive suggestions for making the conference more meaningful. Implications of the data elicited from the questionnaires lie mainly in the need for teachers, parents, administrators, supervisors, and educators to increase their knowledge about and skill in the parent-teacher conference as a means for facilitating communication between these two groups, with the objective of improving the child's educational experience. (MJB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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