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ERIC Number: ED403019
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Parent Participation Rights and Responsibilities: A True Partnership between Home and School.
Onsman, Yulia
The focus on parent participation in the Australian school community has intensified over the last few years, but both parents and teachers still hold many erroneous notions with regard to their shared responsibilities. Rather than viewing parents and teachers as two separate camps with children in the middle, it must be recognized that cooperation advances both groups' goal of ensuring children's educational success. A child's transition to school can be very emotional for the parent as well as the child, and teachers who understand this and behave appropriately toward parents engender positive attitudes in them, and in turn, in their children. Parents' knowledge must be treated with respect by teachers, and it should be further developed through training sponsored by the government. Such training would enable more effective parent participation in schools in the future. Pre-kindergarten sessions in which parents and children become familiar with the school system and its members are also very helpful. Parental responsibilities, so important to children's welfare, might be included as a code of conduct in orientation materials distributed during school enrollment. Finally, there is a difference between parent involvement, which includes volunteer activities that help in the day-to-day functioning of the school, and parent participation, which is a contribution to the decision-making processes of the school. Parents should be encouraged to contribute what they are able, but involvement should not be confused for participation. (EV)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia