ERIC Number: ED439805
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher-Family Contact. NCEDL Spotlights, No. 12.
National Center for Early Development & Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.
Preschool and kindergarten teachers were asked to record their contacts with families, using a daily diary method. Family-school contact was compared among a Head Start program, a local preschool program, and a kindergarten program. Rates and characteristics of contact between families and school were examined cross-sectionally and longitudinally. The most central finding of the 2-year study was that kindergarten family-school contacts were less frequent and more likely to be focused on children's problems than were preschool contacts. Also, the study showed that family involvement differed among preschool programs. This corroborates earlier findings that parents are more likely to become involved in their child's education when they perceive that schools are working to involve them. (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Early Development & Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.