ERIC Number: ED211200
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul-20
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)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Basic Skills, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Home Study, Mathematics, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent Student Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Reading Skills, Telephone Instruction, Vocabulary Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: CEMREL, Inc., St. Louis, MO.