ERIC Number: ED294353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Parent and Teacher Relationships.
Murphy, Linda; Della Corte, Suzanne
Special Parent/Special Child, v4 n1 Jan-Feb 1988
This issue addresses the relationship between teachers and parents of handicapped children. It explores how barriers to an effective parent-teacher relationship arise and how best to work toward a better relationship, one in which parents can positively influence the teacher's involvement with them and, in turn, one in which the teacher can enhance how the parents feel about their child. Informal meetings between teachers and parents are encouraged. A list of "do's and don'ts" for parents advises them to have realistic expectations about what the school can and cannot do, educate themselves about their child's disability and the school's programs and goals, be honest and avoid a defensive attitude, contact the school immediately before a problem becomes serious, attend school-related activities and conferences, and talk with other parents. A similar list for teachers encourages them to create an atmosphere of warmth and good feelings, be sensitive to body language, write and speak clearly without using jargon, become acquainted with community resources, convey that the child is likeable, and develop mutually arrived at goals with the parent. Other short articles discuss problems with homework and improving parent-professional interactions. (VW)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Interpersonal Communication, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent Student Relationship, Parent Teacher Conferences, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Special Education, Teacher Attitudes
Lindell Press, Inc., P.O. Box 462, South Salem, NY 10590 ($3.50 per issue; $18.00 per year).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Teachers; Practitioners
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