ERIC Number: ED350667
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Bilingual Parents' Perspectives on Home-School Linkages. Draft.
Findings of a case study that investigated immigrant bilingual and English-speaking parents' views on education are presented in this paper. The study was undertaken to analyze the relationship between cultural knowledge and the parents' attitudes toward schooling. Participant observation and interviews were conducted with 3 teachers and 13 families in 2 elementary schools in a small town on the southern California coast. Eleven of the families were predominantly Spanish-speaking. Parent-teacher conferences were analyzed to illustrate the ways in which both participants constructed an understanding of a student's schooling experiences. Postconference interviews indicated that teachers and parents did not construct common understandings, and that the conferences were limited by time constraints and a lack of a common knowledge and language. Disparities in their understandings reflected gaps in cultural knowledge between parents and teachers. A holistic theoretical model is recommended as a way to promote two-way interchanges between teachers and parents that includes a systematic plan for teacher cultural education and parent orientation. Joint research teams are suggested as a means to investigate parent-teacher collaboration. One figure and two tables are included. (Contains 24 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).