ERIC Number: ED177046
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Communicating and Working with Parents in the Multicultural Classroom.
Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
This guide is designed to help teachers communicate more effectively with parents and to encourage parent participation in the multicultural classroom. Twelve group activities are divided into seven sessions. Session I activities focus on goals, expectations, current methods of communication with parents, communication problems, and a communication survey. Session II is designed to increase the teacher's awareness of what influences communication. Activities are three variations of the block exercise in which participants sit back-to-back while one instructs the other to build a structure with blocks. Session III is concerned with nonverbal communication as culturally influenced. Activities include role playing, observing and interpreting nonverbal communication, and analyzing conflicting messages at the verbal and nonverbal levels. Session IV presents techniques for effective communication with parents. The value of listening skills, an examination of irrelevant responses, factors which inhibit conversation, and the technique of paraphrasing are discussed. Session V aids the teacher in clarifying goals in working with parents. A teacher attitude survey, survey designs for finding out what parents want, a sample planning letter, a parent questionnaire form, and a teacher response form are provided. Session VI discusses the use of survey results. In session VII participants review activities, analyze their own classroom situation, and summarize the training process. (KC)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Education, Multicultural Education, Nonverbal Communication, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Workshops, Verbal Communication
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.