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ERIC Number: ED424217
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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Time for Parents: A Belief or Practice?
Arthur, Julie; Dorman, Jeff
This study compared teacher beliefs before and after participation in a pilot project designed to promote parental involvement in Catholic schools. The project, K-12 Professional Development Program: Parent Teacher Partnerships through Personal Development Education, involved K-12 teachers from six primary and secondary Catholic schools in a coastal Australian town. The program worked to band teachers in self-supporting networks and provide opportunities for self-identified inservice activities. Teachers were involved in a process through which they identified ways for teachers and families to work together toward partnerships at the classroom level. To investigate the effectiveness of the project, researchers collected data from an initial survey of teacher beliefs and practices and repeated the administration of the survey at the completion of the professional development activities. The researchers also examined journals and conducted interviews with participants. Data analysis indicated that teachers had concerns about demands on their professional time related to increased interaction with parents, while at the same time they strongly valued contact with parents. The teachers were confused about effective strategies for enabling parent involvement. Changes in teachers' attitudes reflected increased understanding about parents and the importance of parental involvement. There were significant gender differences in their responses. (Contains 14 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia