ERIC Number: ED429045
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Preparing Educators for School-Family-Community Partnerships. Results of a National Survey of Colleges and Universities.
Epstein, Joyce L.; Sanders, Mavis G.; Clark, Laurel A.
A survey of educators in 161 U.S. schools, colleges, and departments of education (SCDEs) examined the preparation of teachers to work with families and communities. The survey included questions on the demographic characteristics and present course offerings of the SCDE; attitudes and perspectives of the respondents about school, family, and community partnerships; expectations or readiness for change in programs to prepare teachers, administrators, and counselors on partnerships; and open-ended questions for comments on these issues. Data analysis indicated that most respondents strongly believed in the importance of all teachers, principals, and counselors knowing how to conduct practices to involve families and communities in students' education, though few believed students graduating from SCDEs were fully prepared to do so. Most SCDEs offered at least one course and some coverage of the issue, but not enough to prepare all necessary people. Most respondents whose SCDE was not covering diverse topics on school, family, and community partnerships believed they should do so. The five appendixes present the survey questionnaire, a list of colleges and universities, regions and states of participating SCDEs, course titles, and national and state accrediting organizations. (Contains 22 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Higher Education, Parent Participation, Partnerships in Education, Preservice Teacher Education, School Community Relationship, Schools of Education
Johns Hopkins University, Center for Social Organization of Schools, 3003 North Charles Street, Suite 200, Baltimore, MD 21218; Tel: 410-516-8800; Fax: 410-516-8890.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed At Risk, Baltimore, MD.