ERIC Number: ED415029
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Parents as Partners in Schooling.
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France). Centre for Educational Research and Innovation.
Parents in many OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries want to become more involved in their children's school and understand the educational process more fully. Governments, too, are beginning to recognize that high standards of achievement depend, to a certain extent, on parental support. More and more governments are introducing policies that encourage parents, families and the community in general to be involved in the education offered by their local schools. This report examines family involvement policy in nine OECD countries: Canada, Denmark, England and Wales, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Spain, and the United States. The report focuses on the strategies employed in different countries to encourage cooperation between the family, the school, and the community. Part one of the report presents a thematic discussion of parental involvement. The chapters are: (1) "Parental Involvement: The New Solution?," examining parents' rights and duties in education and how school-family cooperation relates to other aspects of government policy; (2) "A Collective Voice for Parents," including the role of the law in encouraging parental involvement, and parental influence on the curriculum; (3) "Involving Parents as Individuals," including communication between school and home; (4) "Developing Partnerships," including how far is parent power desirable, and policy implications. Part II of the report provides policy summaries for each of the member countries, structured similarly based on chapters 2 and 3 of the preceding section, to allow comparisons between countries. Case studies are included in each summary. Contains a 58-item bibliography. (HTH)
Descriptors: Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, School Community Relationship
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - General
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Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France). Centre for Educational Research and Innovation.