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ERIC Number: ED152942
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Effective Parent-Teacher Conferences in Urban Schools.
Prichard, Karen Kidd
A workshop type method of training teachers in the use of counseling techniques for facilitating parent teacher conferences is described. It is based on the Carkhuff model of attending, responding, initiating, and communicating. At each of the four stages, the leader first discusses its purpose and the specific behaviors to be encompassed in the exercise. He then demonstrates the behaviors. Finally, the participants are divided into triads of "parent", "teacher", and "observer" to practice the behaviors in simulation exercises. Attending behaviors seek to assure parents that they are important enough to deserve the teacher's full attention. In the responding stage of the workshop, teachers' attention is directed to the feelings underlying parental statements. There are two possible types of responses to these statements: those which facilitate communication (interchangeable); and those which make parents feel defensive (subtractive). At the initiating stage of the workshop, the teachers attempt to relate the common themes of the conference. At the communicating stage, teacher and parent work together to solve specific problems. All the training materials used in the workshop are included. (Author/MC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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