ERIC Number: ED342763
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Enhancing Effective Communication between Teachers and Parents through Interactive Inservice Training.
Gary, Karla P.
Teachers often feel intimidated or defenseless when dealing with issues of concern and conflict during parent-teacher conferences. Teachers have indicated a need for: (1) training in effective conferencing skills; and (2) learning to approach parents as cooperative individuals willing to participate in the total educational process of their children. To fulfill a practicum requirement, a series of inservice workshops were conducted for the purpose of improving parent-teacher communication. Interactive inservice sessions were developed and implemented which emphasized both conflicting and nonconflicting educational situations. Teachers participated in role-playing exercises, discussions, and consultations; they were rated on behavior checklists and formally evaluated upon completion of training. Results suggest that significant growth in effective parent-conferencing communication skills emerged for the target sample population; and evaluations demonstrated 50-100 percent growth in competency frequency measures. Supportive surveys, competency based checklists, handouts, and pre/posttest data are appended. Tables include pretest scores, an evaluation checklist, a behavioral checklist summary, and a pre/posttest summary. (Author/LL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.