ERIC Number: ED312061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Schools and Families: Issues and Actions.
This guide discusses policies and programs that help families contribute to and support educational excellence. Chapter 1, on the significance of family involvement, covers increased student achievement; home learning activities; improved student behavior; family and teacher acceptance; benefits to parents, teachers, and the community; basic involvement models; and the process of translating research into action. Chapter 2 discusses what people want from schools in terms of public perspectives, parent concerns, schools and the needs of families, student and teacher perspectives, and similarities between parents and teachers. Chapter 3 offers recommendations for action concerning the family, teachers and schools, and the community. The effect of family demographics on schools is discussed in Chapter 4, which emphasizes family changes and their implications for educational policy, characteristics of parents and children, and current and predicted numbers of school children. Sample home learning activities are described in Chapter 5, which focuses on thinking and reasoning, the development of discipline, and teaching about alcohol and tobacco. Appendices provide an article on families as educators; a list of references and reports on family involvement; several papers on the parent involvement movement; opinions on the community gap in education reform; recommendations for policymakers; and a discussion of educational partnerships. Over 75 references are cited. (RH)
Descriptors: Community Action, Demography, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Elementary Education, Family Involvement, Family School Relationship, Family (Sociological Unit), Guidelines, Home Programs, Home Schooling, Parent Participation, Policy Formation, School Activities
National Education Association Professional Library, P.O. Box 509, West Haven, CT 06516 (Stock No. 0276-8, $9.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.