ERIC Number: ED475326
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: 0
Family-School Relationships: Concepts and Premises. Sharing Ideas.
Bodner-Johnson, Barbara; Sass-Lehrer, Marilyn
This paper discusses how families and schools can work together to better care for and foster learning in children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Four dimensions of the family-school relationship are addressed with 16 basic premises proposed. First, three premises offer a philosophical basis for family-school relationships and include adoption of an ecological perspective, redefinition of the role and preparation of the teacher, and a commitment to interprofessional cooperation. Second, family involvement is considered in five premises that emphasize empowering teacher attitudes, parent choice of type of involvement with schools, recognition of parents' varying needs and resources, school programs that target parents' strengths and priorities, and family partnerships with professionals. Third is the area of family support, information, education and skill development with seven premises. These address the importance of families' changing priorities and support needs, family support that is empowering, information sharing, effective parent-child interactions, and involvement of professionals with specialized skills and abilities. (Contains approximately 50 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Deafness, Educational Principles, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Needs, Family Programs, Family School Relationship, Individual Differences, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Partial Hearing
Gallaudet University, Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, KDES PAS-6, 800 Florida Ave., N.E., Washington, DC 20002-3695. Tel: 800-526-9105 (Toll Free); Tel: 202-651-5340; Fax: 202-651-5708; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.clerccenter.gallaudet.edu. For full text: http://www.clerccenter.gallaudet.edu/Products/Sharing-Results.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Gallaudet Univ., Washington, DC. Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center.