ERIC Number: ED407123
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
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Making the Road by Walking It: Launching an Inner-City Family-School Involvement Program Using Technology.
Samaras, Anastasia P.; Wilson, Josephine C.
This project, "First Teachers," studied urban African-American families' perceptions of an after school involvement program which incorporates family storytelling and writing using computers. The project also examined the development and maintenance of university partnerships with inner-city school families, families' interaction and teaching strategies using computers, and the training of preservice and inservice teachers in a sociocultural-based family-school involvement model. Participating were two elementary schools in partnership arrangements with a university education department. One school is public and the other parochial with 90 to 100 percent of the students being African-American. Students in kindergarten through third grade and their families were invited to participate in the 1-hour, 1 day-a-week, after school program. The program is being implemented in 1996-97 through workshops conducted with school faculty and university education students. Children and families explore computers and co-author family stories and create family albums through telling, writing, and illustrating stories on computers. Data on family perceptions were collected through audiotaped semi-structured interviews. Preliminary findings indicated that: (1) there is a large variation in family-child interaction and teaching styles that support children's learning and families' knowledge about children's learning; (2) families are able to observe other families who care deeply about their children's education in a housing project community; and (3) families note a sense of reciprocal helping interactions. (Contains 41 references.) (KDFB)
Descriptors: After School Programs, Blacks, College School Cooperation, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Family School Relationship, Family (Sociological Unit), Higher Education, Inner City, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Partnerships in Education, Program Descriptions, Story Telling, Urban Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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