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ERIC Number: ED403998
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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How Do Educators and Mothers Feel about Parental Involvement in an Early Childhood Classroom?
Dolan, JoAnne; Gentile, Nicole
Both parents and educators have extremely important roles in educating children. Educators must consider the whole family when attempting to meet the needs of the children they teach. By means of a questionnaire, this study explored 10 preschool educators' and 10 mothers' attitudes toward parental involvement. Questions for teachers include how and how often they communicate with parents, how they perceive parental response to their outreach efforts, how they felt about surprise visits from parents, and what positive and negative experiences they had with students' parents. Questions for mothers covered areas including whether they were willing to volunteer, what were their scheduling preferences, whether they were aware of available school resources, and what kind of activities are done at home to support their children's education. Results (presented in detail for each question) indicated that teachers reach out to parents in several ways, including by newsletters and classroom visits, and that parents are willing to participate as much as possible. Teachers appear to accept certain reasons for lack of participation (in conferences, for example), and most welcome surprise visits from parents. (Includes a list of sources for parental involvement materials. Contains 18 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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