ERIC Number: ED262000
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Preparation and Role of School Personnel for Effective School-Family Relations.
Purnell, Richard F.; Gotts, Edward E.
The results of analyzing the responses of 238 elementary and 208 secondary teachers about school-family interactions are presented. The questionnaire obtained information on: (1) the effect of and reasons for school-family interaction; (2) the preparation of personnel to work with families; (3) whether training to work with families is needed or desired; and (4) whether school-family interaction is perceived to have an influence on the child. Comparisons were made between elementary and secondary teachers. Some of the findings were: (1) the most prevalent techniques for interacting with parents are phoning about problems, parent-teacher conferences, open house, and having parents sign messages to be returned to school; (2) most parents come to school only when a problem exists; (3) more than two-thirds of the teachers feel training to work with parents is not adequate, but are not sure more training would help them do a better job; and (4) the majority of teachers at both levels feel that school-family interaction is essential for the academic achievement of the child, but parents lack time and/or interest to interact with teachers. Elementary teachers respond more favorably to school-home relations issues than secondary teachers. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (69th, Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).