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ERIC Number: ED211200
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul-20
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Recorded Telephone Messages: A Way to Link Teacher and Parents. Evaluation Report.
Marshall, Gail; Herbert, Martin
This report presents an evaluation study of the Recorded Telephone Message Project which used teacher-recorded telephone messages as a means of encouraging parents to help their children learn basic skills. Each week for 31 weeks, three third grade and three fourth grade teachers from an elementary school recorded a 2- to 3-minute telephone message which recapped the week's classroom work on basic skills. The message also gave parents suggestions for home activities as well as a telephone number to call if they wished to arrange a meeting with the teacher or procure supplementary teaching materials. Data for the evaluation were collected through a questionnaire mailed to parents, 47 per cent of whom returned it. Evaluation results included the following: the project was implemented consistently and with a relatively high level of use; most of the parents who returned questionnaires reported using the telephone service with some frequency, and using at least five activities to improve children's basic skills; nearly all of these parents were satisfied with the project; achievement scores of students in the telephone classes did not differ from students' scores in non-telephone classes; and of the students in the telephone classes, a direct relationship between students' achievement scores and frequency of telephone usage was found for third graders only. Recommendations are given to strengthen teacher-parent links in a telephone message project. Appendices include the parent questionnaire and a list of parents' comments about the project. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: CEMREL, Inc., St. Louis, MO.