ERIC Number: ED307051
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Increasing Home and School Involvement of Parents of Primary Grade Students through Communications, In-Service Training, and Workshops.
Russell, Milicent D.
A second-grade teacher implemented a practicum intervention designed to increase involvement of black parents in their children's educational and social development during the primary school years. Practicum goals were to improve social development of the students; increase the number of volunteers who had fulfilled city requirements; and increase parents' attendance at monthly PTA meetings and discussion and training sessions. Teacher and parent surveys revealed that teachers wanted parents to volunteer their services if the parents were first given workshops that would address school rules, classroom protocol, and volunteer responsibilities. Parents were interested in participating in school activities but either lacked the skills, felt intimidated, or did not recognize the need for their participation. The parent volunteer program that was implemented trained teachers and parents. Volunteers were provided with teaching strategies and instructional materials. Discussion sessions gave parents the opportunity to exchange information and ask questions. Practicum evaluation data indicated that outcomes were positive. The number of special, regular, and home-based volunteers increased. Students developed academically and socially due to increased instruction and attention from teachers and parents. Related materials are appended, including the results of teacher and parent surveys and sample activities calendars. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.