ERIC Number: ED335616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Improving Communications between Parents and Teachers of Middle School Age Students by the Use of the Telephone and Other Techniques.
Cottle, William E.
This practicum was designed to improve communication among parents, teachers, and sixth-grade students who were housed in an elementary building due to school crowding. A telephone answering machine allowed students and parents to access information about homework, classwork, and upcoming events during evening hours. Additional parent outreach efforts were made by the teacher, including introductory telephone calls to parents, drop-in conference time, and solicitation of parent classroom volunteers. A system of recorded telephone messages for parents and students was developed. Parents and teachers were surveyed regarding existing parent-teacher communication and forms were prepared to enhance such communication. Students (N=26) and parents (N=26) were surveyed to analyze the effectiveness of these interventions. Analysis of the data showed that both parents and students found the telephone communication system to be helpful. Students utilized this system more frequently than did parents. According to teachers, students showed an increased frequency of homework completion as a result of this intervention. Of 26 parents, 25 indicated that they were satisfied with the amount of parent-teacher communication. However, 16 parents did not indicate that they had spent over 20 minutes talking with the teacher, despite the fact that each parent was contacted early in the year by telephone and invited to at least two evening conferences. Appended are copies of surveys of parents and students for the weeks of June 11, 1990 and May 20, 1991; an announcement of the initiation of the parent/pupil assistance line; the parent telephone directory; and a letter of solicitation of parent volunteers. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. practicum report, Nova University.