ERIC Number: ED296800
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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Improving Parental Involvement in the Primary School through Increased Parental Awareness and Development of Parenting Skills.
Wright, Ellen M.
A learning disability teacher consultant to a school district implemented a practicum designed to counter a gradual decline in involvement of parents of children in kindergarten through third grade. Practicum goals were to: (1) increase parents' knowledge and understanding of school program goals and activities in order to maximize the effectiveness of interventions with the children; (2) encourage parental involvement in the ongoing activities of the primary school program; and (3) increase parenting skills and help parents become facilitators of their children's development. A needs assessment survey of teachers and parents was administered. A need for workshops, seminars, dissemination of information, newsletters, and parenting skills development was identified. Workshops and an Active Parenting seminar were planned and supervised. Radio and public television announcements, newspaper articles and advertisements, newsletters, and notices sent home with students were used to encourage parental involvement. Evaluation data indicated that the practicum was a positive experience for participating teachers and parents. Related materials including: introductory letters, the parent needs assessment, the staff survey, the state commissioner's letter, parent needs assessment results, staff survey results, parent involvement evaluation, the parent sign-in scheet, the newsletter information sheet and a memo to primary school teachers are appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.