ERIC Number: ED296805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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Implementation of a Program To Actively Involve Parents in the Education of Their Fourth-Grade Children by Participating in School Activities.
Chisom, Yvette L.
An elementary school teacher in an urban school serving economically disadvantaged and middle-class black students implemented a practicum designed to increase involvement of parents of intermediate grade students in their children's education. Parent participation was mandatory in preschool and primary programs. But when children entered the fourth grade, parents no longer participated in school activities or volunteered to help in classrooms. The goal of the practicum was to implement a program in which parents would participate in school activities, form partnerships with teachers, and engage children in learning activities at home. Activities conducted included: (1) establishing rapport with parents; (2) informing parents of the proposed program and soliciting support; (3) gaining parents' commitment to help children learn in school and at home; (4) forming committees to plan and execute a fund-raiser; (5) selecting and purchasing test preparation materials; and (6) holding an assembly, an open house, field trips, and an awards and recognition luncheon. Evaluation data indicated that the practicum objective was met. Plans were made to expand the program for a second year. Appended materials include surveys, an inventory, a log, learning guidelines, activity sheets, and a page from a student's home learning journal. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.