ERIC Number: ED312058
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Parent-Teacher Conferencing. What Research Says to the Teacher. Second Edition.
Rotter, Joseph C.; And Others
This publication is intended to help teachers and others who would like to improve their parent-teacher conferencing skills. Initial sections of the discussion center on the need for effective parent-teacher conferencing and roadblocks to such conferencing. Historical foundations of parent-teacher conferences are then considered. Interpersonal communication skills are covered in the next section, which offers descriptions of effective methods teachers can use to improve their skills at communicating with parents and involving parents in the educational, personal, and social development of their children. Skills for effective communication are discussed in terms of prerequisites, skill areas, application, roadblocks, and development. Next, a discussion of parent-teacher contact centers on conference characteristics, common elements of conferences, proper occasions for calling conferences, and teacher- and parent-initiated conferences. Legal and ethical considerations are considered. It is concluded that the core elements of effective conferencing, when applied with basic communication skills in mind, can turn a potentially devastating conference experience into one that is rewarding for all concerned. A total of 100 references are cited. (RH)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines, Interpersonal Communication, Legal Responsibility, Parent Responsibility, Parent Rights, Parent Teacher Conferences, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Responsibility
National Education Association Professional Library, P.O. Box 509, West Haven, CT 06516 (Stock No. 1075-2, $3.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.