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ERIC Number: ED517983
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Cases on Family Involvement
Harvard Family Research Project
Teaching cases are a valuable tool in preparing teachers and school administrators to engage effectively with families. Because the case method presents a story in practice, it offers students an active learning opportunity. Teaching cases involve real world situations and consider the perspectives of various stakeholders, including teachers, school leaders, parents, students, and other community members. Through case-based discussion, students enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills and consider multiple perspectives. Harvard Family Research Project's research-based case studies reflect critical dilemmas in family-school-community relations, especially among low-income and culturally diverse families. As such, the case method is a useful strategy for helping educators learn to communicate and build relationships with families whose backgrounds may differ from their own. This handout provides a detailed list of HFRP's teaching cases in family involvement, sorted by topic, gender, and age-group, as well as ethnicity, of the students discussed.
Harvard Family Research Project. Harvard University, 3 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Tel: 617-495-9108; Fax: 617-495-8594; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project