ERIC Number: ED453522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-May
Effective Strategies for Home-School Partnerships in Reading.
Bevans, Brenda; Furnish, Becky; Ramsey, Ann; Talsma, Stacy
This study examines a program for improving home-school relationships concerning literacy development. The targeted population consists of parents and students from one first- and one second-grade classroom in an elementary school in a small midwestern city. Parent and student interaction and feelings about reading were measured by weekly reading logs and parent and student attitude surveys. Analysis of a probable cause data revealed that parents reported a low level of understanding of current strategies for assisting their children at home. Review of the home-school relationship also revealed insufficient home-school communication and a lack of understanding of the amount of at-home reading required for the enhancement of early literacy. A review of solution strategies suggested by knowledgeable others, combined with an analysis of the problem setting, resulted in the selection of interventions: a series of parent workshops for the two targeted classrooms; weekly reading logs; and parent communication newsletters related to home-school partnerships. Post-intervention data indicated an increase in at-home reading, an improvement in school/home communication, and an increase in parent knowledge of at-home reading strategies. There was also an improvement in parent and student attitudes toward reading and an increase in parental involvement with students' literacy experiences. (Contains 37 references and 21 figures of data. Appendixes contain parent survey, student survey, letter to parents, a workshop invitation and evaluation form, a newsletter, and more data.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: M.A. Research Project, Saint Xavier University and SkyLight Professional Development Field-Based Masters Program.