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ERIC Number: ED211215
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Telephone and Parent/Teacher Communication.
Henniger, Michael L.
Teachers must establish good relationships with parents if they want to have a significant impact on their students. Finding time to communicate with parents is difficult for most educators. The telephone provides a form of communication which is effective, requires minimal expenditures of time and energy, and allows certain kinds of information to be communicated well. Access to and availability of phones characterizes telephone communication in the United States. As such, phone communication can be established practically instantaneously with a parent. Telephone communications allow teachers to receive immediate feedback from parents and to engage in two-way interaction. Many adults are at ease over the phone but not with other forms of interpersonal communication. In the early part of the school year when parent-teacher relationships are beginning to develop, telephone contact reduces tension. Telephone limitations include such features as parents' expectations to hear bad news, lack of parent time to prepare, phone calls made at inconvenient times for the parent, and language barriers which hinder phone communication. Homework discussions and emotional issues are better discussed through means other than telephone conversations. (The document concludes with ten guidelines for telephone communication with parents.) (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A