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ERIC Number: ED460087
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Teacher-Parent Communication: Starting the Year off Right.
Freytag, Cathy E.
This study of parent-teacher communications was in response to an administrative inquiry regarding the status of home-school interactions at a suburban Florida middle school. The Parent Communication Survey (PCS) was developed to assess parents' concerns relative to parent-teacher communication (what parents wanted to hear, how they wished to be contacted, and how teachers might improve the quality of their interactions with parents). A total of 86 parents volunteered to complete the PCS. This convenience sample included parents of typically performing students, gifted students, and students with learning disabilities. Data analysis indicated that of the modes of communication listed on the PCS, parents preferred (in descending order) telephone calls home, electronic mail, and notes in the planner. They typically did not wish to be contacted at their workplace regarding school issues. Parents wanted to hear about students' academic progress and concerns, behavioral concerns, social-emotional development, and curricular issues. Parents believed that home-school communications could be improved in the areas of collaboration, consistency, and specificity. (Contains 17 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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