ERIC Number: ED205473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Parent Involvement Training for Undergraduate Elementary Teacher Preparation.
Stallworth, John T.; Williams, David L., Jr.
Teacher educators were surveyed about their attitudes toward parent involvement in the schools and their opinions on whether courses in parent involvement training should be included in the preservice curriculum. The respondents to a questionnaire were 575 professors or instructors teaching elementary education courses at four-year colleges. There was general support for the concept of parent involvement at the elementary level. The home and school were seen as important to childrens' development, and a need was discerned for lessening tension between the two environments. Teacher educators viewed appropriate parent involvement as that which gives parents very little authority in making school decisions. The preferred type of involvement was providing training for parents in the areas of discipline, tutoring, overseeing homework, and teaching parents about issues of child development or mental health. In each of these activities, the role of the teacher is basically to inform parents about ways they can improve their parenting skills. Teacher educators believed that teachers need skills in teaching or working with adults and knowledge about specific instructional materials. The implications for teacher education curriculum are discussed. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April, 1981).