ERIC Number: ED421229
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
A Call to Action: Family Involvement as a Critical Component of Teacher Education Programs.
Shores, Elizabeth F.
Noting that greater family participation in early childhood programs is a widely-held goal, this report addresses the fundamental skills that early childhood teachers and caregivers need to fully involve families in their young children's lives at school and the child care center. The report defines those skills in four areas of a community of learners: communication skills, understanding of cultural diversity, family-based curriculum development, and partnerships in education governance. It also recommends that preservice and inservice programs do more to build all four of those cornerstones in professional development programs. The report begins with a summary of the historic role of parents in early childhood education and the history of public policy concerning parent participation. Much of this discussion is drawn from the literature on family involvement in special education. The report includes a review of family systems theory to reinforce the premise that families exist on a continuum of needs and desires for involvement in early childhood education. It summarizes what practitioners need to know to promote meaningful participation across the continuum, and discusses strategies for including family involvement in preservice and inservice professional development. Contains 71 references. (JPB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Cultural Awareness, Curriculum Development, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Teachers, Family School Relationship, Inservice Teacher Education, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development, Public Policy, Special Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southeastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE), Tallahassee, FL.