ERIC Number: ED366423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Strategies Addressing Discrepancies in Educational and Behavioral Priorities and Expectations between Staff and Middle-Class K-5 Parents.
Clarke, June S.
A practicum was designed to address the discrepancies in educational and behavioral expectations and priorities noted on parent and staff surveys at a rural elementary school. The survey of parents (n=261) indicated parents' need and desire for education and training in helping their children at home. The goal of the project was to implement an outreach program to help these parents become more effectively involved in the education of their children. A priority of the project was to change parental perceptions: parents must abandon the idea that the school, teachers, and other experts are responsible for the education of their children and embrace the idea that parents themselves are the first and most important teachers of their children. Through a series of evening educational opportunities, training sessions, service fairs, and the establishment of a parent resource center, parental attitudes began to change, as indicated by their increased willingness to attend parenting events at the school. (Seven appendices contain copies of parent and staff survey questionnaires, summaries of survey responses, evaluation of parent activities, and a parent resource center "wish list" of desired books and resources.) (MDM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attitude Change, Elementary Education, Parent Attitudes, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Parent Responsibility, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Parents as Teachers, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.