ERIC Number: ED369499
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Parents and Schools: From Visitors to Partners. NEA School Restructuring Series.
Burns, Rebecca Crawford, Ed.
Built on the experiences of educators and parents who have put research into practice to improve children's learning, this book focuses on the interdependence of educators and parents and their partnership of support for children. The first chapter, "Parent Involvement: Promises, Problems, and Solutions" (Rebecca Crawford Burns), provides a review of the research on parent involvement, including its positive effects on children, families, teachers, and schools; the barriers to involving parents more actively in their children's education; and suggestions for overcoming the barriers. Chapters 2 and 3, entitled "Communication: The Key to Effective Partnerships" (Oralie McAfee) and "The Potential of Communications Technology" (Oralie McAfee), focus on strategies for initiating and maintaining effective two-way communication between school and home. Chapter 4, "Parents as First Teachers: The Family Connections Model" (Patricia Penn and Robert D. Childers), chapter 5, "Mynderse Academy: Parents as Co-Decision Makers and Advocates" (Clyde Collins), and chapter 6, "Stewart Community School: A Pioneer in Home-School Partnership" (Robert K. Simmons, Barbara A. Stevenson, and Ann M. Strnad), provide in-depth descriptions of exemplary parent-involvement programs. Chapter 7, entitled "Effective Parent-Involvement Practices" (Barbara A. Fleming) offers a summary of parent-involvement practices found in successful school programs. The book concludes with a list of print and organizational resources for educators and parents. (AC)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Interpersonal Communication, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Parents as Teachers, Partnerships in Education, Program Descriptions
National Education Association, 1201 16th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036-3290 (Stock No. 1856-7-00).
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.