ERIC Number: ED411220
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Family Involvement in Education: The Role of Teacher Education.
Morris, Vivian Gunn; Taylor, Satomi Izumi
The primary purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which selected course experiences influenced preservice teachers' perceptions of their comfort and competence levels in planning and implementing family involvement programs in schools. The subjects were early childhood and elementary teacher education students (N=105) enrolled in a required course entitled "School/Community Relations." They completed pre- and post-assessments related to their ability to work with parents. At the end of the semester, students also wrote reflective statements related to the impact of each of the four major course requirements (conducting parent interviews, developing a parent involvement plan for one year, compiling a parental involvement notebook, and planning and conducting a parent workshop). Student responses from both quantitative and qualitative data supported the premise that completing the four major course assignments enhanced the students' comfort and confidence levels in working with parents. These findings support the premise that course experiences focused on family involvement have the potential to better equip prospective teachers with the skills needed to foster parent-teacher collaboration. (Contains 31 references.) (JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).