ERIC Number: ED478499
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Oct-31
The Quality of National Standards for Preparing Teachers for Partnerships with Families? Briefing Paper.
Kochhar-Bryant, Carol A.
Recent federal legislation has strengthened the role of parents in the education of their children, in school decision making, and in teacher preparation. The purpose of this study was to determine: (1) whether teacher preparation standards are aligned with current legislation related to parent partnerships; (2) if they address the direct involvement of parents in decision making within schools and teacher preparation programs; and (3) how the standards can be improved to strengthen the relationships among parents, teachers, and teacher education. Standards developed by national organizations were reviewed by three independent reviewers for each standard. Results show that of the eight sets of standards reviewed, two that affect special education teacher preparation contained the greatest number of standards related to parent partnerships. Other standards were global and provided little guidance to help users translate them into specific teacher actions and results. Few standards addressed dispositions, and fewer addressed direct participation of parents in school decision making. Several priority areas for teacher preparation were under-represented in all of the standards. Recommendations include: (1) align standards with current statutory requirements; (2) reduce ambiguity and provide operational definitions to guide teachers and teacher educators; (3) increase attention to dispositions; (4) emphasize parents' role in decision making processes within the school; and (5) establish minimum requirements for teacher education programs. (Contains 4 tables and 58 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Briefing paper of the Building Teacher Preparation Capacity through Partnerships with Families: Improving Teacher Quality project.