ERIC Number: ED373880
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Improving Parent Involvement in a First Grade Classroom through the Use of Whole Language Activities.
Hooper, Elizabeth J.
Parents of a group of first graders knew very little about the whole-language approach to reading employed in their children's classroom and were consequently unable to help their children as they learned to read. A program was implemented to provide parents in a target group with an understanding of the whole-language approach to reading as well as to provide strategies to use at home with their children. Secondary objectives of the program included increased mastery of first-grade skills for the students and a high level of enjoyment by parents and students as a result of the program. The program involved the parents and their children in 10 weeks of daily, whole-language activities, and parents participated in an orientation, conferences, and a final parent meeting. An initial and final parent survey, a language arts/reading checklist, a student survey, and an activities log were used to measure the effectiveness of the program. Results indicated that parental understanding and use of whole-language strategies exceeded the predicted positive outcomes. Students in the group significantly improved in skill mastery, and both parents and children were able to work and learn together in a positive setting, thus improving parent-student-teacher relations. (Eleven appendices contain samples of the project surveys and program materials.) (TJQ)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.S. Practicum Report, Nova University.