ERIC Number: ED415216
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Parent-Teacher Interaction for Student Success.
Thompson, Judith A.; Hulley, Kathy S.
The purpose of this study was to investigate what, if anything, was lacking in training teachers for the classroom. A brief questionnaire was give to 12 teachers with two or less years of teaching at an elementary school in Oxford (Mississippi). All respondents stated a need for parent-teacher conference training. A review of relevant literature provided the information for writing a staff development program to be implemented at the school during teacher inservice training. The "Parent-Teacher Interaction for Student Success" packet included printed material for each teacher that covered effective strategies for conducting conferences. There were also different scenarios to be used by participants in role playing to reinforce the strategies presented during training. This paper presents the suggested strategies for planning the conference, which focus on: choosing a setting for the conference; conducting the conference; holding postconference followup; avoiding potential pitfalls; handling hard-to-please parents; and conducting group conferences. It also offers a list of "do's and don't's" for conducting conferences. (Contains 8 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Memphis, TN, November 12-14, 1997).