ERIC Number: ED321878
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun-25
Effective Teacher Strategies To Enhance Parent Involvement in an Elementary School.
Bishop, Anne G.
The need to provide elementary school teachers with effective parent involvement strategies for hard-to-reach parents was addressed by designing an inservice for teachers which presented research-based strategies. Strategies included using a positive, non-threatening approach, employing personal, two-way communication, providing guidance and instruction on using materials designed for activities at home, and home visits. Through the design of a Parent Involvement Continuum (PIC), a volunteer group of 16 teachers identified a "hard-to-reach" family and applied the strategies for an 8-week period. Home visits were strongly encouraged as an ideal strategy. Teachers recorded the frequency and types of contact made during the intervention period. A comparison of the levels of parent involvement before and after the intervention revealed that parent involvement levels can be increased. Teachers indicated that the home visits were effective. It was concluded that parent involvement has a positive effect on parents, teachers, and students. Appendices provide the PIC, parent involvement logs, the home visit survey, teacher directions for project implementation, and teacher surveys. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Home Visits, Inservice Teacher Education, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Teacher Influence
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Educational Specialist Practicum, Nova University.