ERIC Number: ED355185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Assessment of Preservice Elementary Teacher Education Practices in Parent-Teacher Conferencing.
Brown, Lisbeth J.; Brown, Jonathan R.
This study was designed to assess, on a national basis, what education and training preservice elementary education teachers receive on the topic of home-school communication, especially in the area of parent-teacher conferencing, and to determine if there were significant differences between teacher education programs in how they prepare preservice teachers for conducting conferences. A total of 384 teacher education programs participated in the study. A questionnaire was used to collect demographic information, to determine educational practices in training preservice teachers in parent-teacher conferencing, and to assess attitudes regarding home-school communication. Results indicated that 66 percent of the programs surveyed provided education and training in parent-teacher conferencing, and that there were significant differences in how this training was provided as well as in its content. Attitudinal results indicated the following perceptions: (1) the parent-teacher conference was regarded as an important part of home-school communication; (2) preservice elementary education teachers are graduating from teacher education programs not educated and trained to work effectively with parents; and (3) preservice elementary education teachers need to be educated in effective home-school communication techniques. (Contains 27 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Childhood Education International (Chicago, IL, April 1992).