ERIC Number: ED408244
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Community, School, and Parent Dynamics: A Synthesis of Literature and Activities.
Buttery, Thomas J.; Anderson, Patricia J.
This synthesis of professional literature concerning community, parent, and school interaction suggests activities for teachers and schools to promote parent involvement. Decades of research have shown that parental involvement significantly contributes to a student's learning regardless of grade level, or of parents' economic status or education level. Obstacles to parent involvement include time, cultural barriers, uncertainty about what to do, and lack of a supportive environment. However, evidence indicates that current teacher education programs do not place appropriate emphasis on parent involvement. Teachers and schools can promote parent participation by projecting a positive welcoming attitude toward parents, establishing clear and effective communication, listening to parents express their concerns, promoting parent networks, and recognizing and appreciating different degrees of parent participation. (Contains 44 references.) (LH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (77th, Washington, DC, February 18, 1997).