ERIC Number: ED396702
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
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Using a Computer-based Messaging System at a High School To Increase School/Home Communication.
Burden, Mitzi K.
Minimal communication between school and home was found to contribute to low performance by students at McDuffie High School (South Carolina). This report describes the experience of establishing a computer-based telephone messaging system in the high school and involving parents, teachers, and students in its use. Additional strategies employed to increase communication were: parent training; creation of a parent center in the school; teacher training; and increased school, home, and community interaction. Survey results at the end of nine weeks of system use indicated a positive increase in school/home communication and in provision of classroom information by teachers, although only one of six expected outcomes was achieved. Conventional surveys were subsequently used during the nine-month practicum period to assess teacher and student use of the messaging system. Electronic surveys assessed parent and community satisfaction with messaging systems as information sources. Appended are a caller directory/guide; survey forms for assessing system use by parents, students, and teachers; and scripts for conducting electronic surveys. (Author)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina