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ERIC Number: ED453961
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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Revisiting Family Involvement: Perspectives of Teachers and Families.
Diffily, Deborah
This paper asserts that early childhood teachers need to consider the families with whom they work in order to select the most effective ways to involve them in their child's education. The paper presents strategies mentioned most often in interviews with teachers and families working in effective family involvement programs. Each strategy is described, followed by a family perspective and a teacher perspective on the practice. The strategies discussed are: (1) written communication, including letters about classroom activities, articles from magazines and journals, suggested activities to extend classroom experiences, informal two-way communication, and displays of children's work; and (2) family involvement activities, including conferences, monthly family meetings, and special events evenings. The paper concludes by asserting that starting family involvement programs with two or three components and then adding a new component every few months makes implementing an effective family involvement program feasible. (KB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A