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ERIC Number: ED371839
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Parent/Teacher Partnerships in Early Literacy Learning: The Benefits for Teachers.
Power, Jenny
This study documented a kindergarten teacher's efforts to actively involve parents as partners in the literacy education of their children. In addition to the teacher, subjects of the study were her 26 pupils and their parents, all residents of rural New South Wales. Data were collected through anecdotal records, field observations, interviews, and video-audio tapes. The parent participation program included parent-teacher meetings, home visits, excursions, parent education materials and videos, parent classroom volunteers, and parent participation in a staff development day. The study revealed that the development of a partnership between the teacher and parents had multiple benefits for both parties. The parents provided the teacher with direct feedback regarding successful or unsuccessful classroom teaching strategies, thus assisting with program evaluation and planning. The parents also provided insights into their children's capabilities, which altered the teacher's expectations of the children. The study also found that by encouraging parents to report observations of their children's literacy learning, the parents became more discriminating observers and more interested in their children's learning. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia