ERIC Number: ED364350
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Strengthening Teachers' Contact and Involvement with Parents through a Concentrated Program of Experiences and Activities.
Henderson, Rita McTyre
A practicum was designed to increase parents' participation in the education of their children by involving parents and teachers in a concentrated program of experiences and activities. The setting for the practicum was an elementary school for kindergarten through third grade, where teacher surveys, parent meetings, workshop attendance, and Parent Teacher Association membership lists provided evidence of little or limited parent involvement in the school. The practicum involved: (1) developing a monthly newsletter to strengthen communication between home and school; (2) developing teacher training programs which stressed effective conferencing and communication with parents; (3) publicizing parent meetings, workshops, and special school events on local radio and community newspapers; (4) creating the Parent Hall of Fame to recognize parents who made outstanding contributions to the school; (5) coordinating the work of parent volunteers and providing them with certificates and a special reception from school staff; and (6) providing parents with a friendly environment in which to volunteer their time, talents, and materials. An analysis of survey responses from parents and teachers, membership lists, and parent activity lists indicated that, after the practicum activities and experiences were completed, parent involvement had increased in classroom participation and attendance at parent meetings and workshops. Contains 32 references and the survey instruments. (Author/AC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.