ERIC Number: ED312739
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Families and Schools in Portugal: An Exploratory Study of the Perspectives of Teachers and Low-Income Parents. IRE Report No. 15.
Davies, Don; And Others
Parent involvement in Portuguese government-sponsored schools is examined, focusing on the relationships between schools and parents of low economic and social status. This study was conducted in spring 1987 by a study team of 18 members, who interviewed more than 257 parents and teachers in nine of the country's districts. A brief characterization of the Portuguese context includes background information, particularly the impact of the April 25, 1974 revolution, the structure of the education system, and current problems and changes. The conceputal framework is explained, followed by extensive chapters on the parents' and teachers' perspectives, respectively. Survey results are discussed, giving the impressions of both teachers and parents of the other population; impressions of parent involvement and school-home relationship; and views on the purpose and importance of schools. One of the main impressions was the passivity and low expectations of the respondents. Few teachers talked to the parents about the benefits of parent involvement to parents themselves. Recommendations are made in the areas of parent education, homework, extracurricular activities, and home visitors. (28 references) (SI)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Demand, Educational History, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Foreign Countries, Parent Attitudes, Socioeconomic Influences, Teacher Attitudes
Publications, Institute for Responsive Education, 605 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 (Stock No. 15P; $13.50 prepaid).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Responsive Education, Boston, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Portugal