ERIC Number: ED436303
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
The Peabody Family Initiative: Preservice Preparation for Family/School Involvement.
Katz, Laurie; Bauch, Jerry
Recognizing the importance of parents' involvement in their child's education and the belief that lack of teacher training and experience in working with parents affects what teachers do to involve families in their schools, this study examined the impact of a teacher education model on preservice teachers' and inservice teachers' (program graduates) attitudes and skill preparation fostering family/school collaboration. The Peabody Family Involvement Initiative (PFII) is based on themes related to families, family-school collaboration, and developmental issues, and involves three components: (1) general knowledge; (2) skills; and (3) authentic "real life" settings. The themes were addressed in a 1-semester university course taken during the sophomore or junior year and in the implementation of "theory into practice" activities during a 15-week student teacher placement. Mail surveys were completed by preservice teachers just finishing the 1-semester course, by preservice teachers completing their student teacher placement, and by inservice teachers who had graduated from the program within the last 3 years. Sixty-nine surveys were returned from practicing teachers, for a 33 percent return rate. Findings indicated that teachers who took the course were more likely to feel prepared to implement parent involvement activities. Nevertheless, teachers who took the course indicated that they needed more preparation. The parent involvement activities engaged in most often were introductory home/school activities, written progress notes, phone calls to families, participating in meeting with parents of children with special needs, and parent-teacher conferences. (Contains 15 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Point Clear, AL, November 17-19, 1999).