ERIC Number: ED222582
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Southwest Parent Education Resource Center. Final Interim Report.
Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
In response to the increasing emphasis upon parent involvement in the schools, the Southwest Parent Education Resource Center began a 3-year study of the relationship of parent involvement to teacher education. Increased involvement was seen as a signal of change in teacher-parent interaction and a larger professional role for teachers. The three study areas were a survey of teachers regarding parent involvement in elementary schools; parent education based on parent models of child socialization; and a survey of elementary school principals regarding their attitudes toward parent involvement issues. Teachers supported the need for training to work with parents, and suggested specific competencies in communication and interpretation of educational practices to parents of diverse backgrounds. Varied class and ethnic groups of parents were studied regarding their beliefs and attitudes toward child rearing. Lay parent models of child socialization were identified to prepare guidelines for parent education programming. School principals preferred first hand experience with parents, teachers and other educators to better prepare teachers for parent involvement. Parent participation and training in home learning for children were recommended. (CM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.