ERIC Number: EJ1086588
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Bringing Instructional Strategies Home: Reaching Families Online
Curtiss, Sarah L.; Pearson, Jamie N.; Akamoglu, Yusuf; Fisher, Kim W.; Snodgrass, Melinda R.; Meyer, Lori E.; Meadan, Hedda; Halle, James W.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v48 n3 p159-167 Jan-Feb 2016
Online family education can be challenging but rewarding for both families and practitioners. Parents of children with disabilities are integral in fostering children's early development and in promoting independence across the life span. Practitioners and parents working collaboratively can enhance this development. Collaboration between parents and practitioners using technology gives practitioners and families practical opportunities to bring instructional strategies from school into the home, which may lead to promising child learning outcomes, but this requires the careful planning of online family education. The authors have adapted the Online Family Life Education Framework to educational settings in order to address how to implement program development principles in parent education efforts. The following questions guide how to bring instructional strategies home: (1) Can online technologies be used to address family education needs?; (2) What content is important for parents to learn?; (3) How should this information be taught?; (4) How will technology be used to reach parents?; and (5) How will parents' progress toward program goals be measured? The authors use the Internet-Based Parent-Implemented Communication Strategies program to illustrate the process of implementing online family education. The frameworks, resources, and decision tools presented in this article may help practitioners maximize the effectiveness of their online education efforts.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Computer Mediated Communication, Family Programs, Disabilities, Parent Education, Parent Role, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Course Content, Internet, Online Courses, Adult Learning
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