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ERIC Number: EJ1179355
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0260-7476
Parent-Teacher Conference Communication: A Guide to Integrating Family Engagement through Simulated Conversations about Student Academic Progress
Walker, Joan M. T.; Legg, Angela M.
Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, v44 n3 p366-380 2018
Teachers regularly communicate with families, yet few candidates are well-prepared for this professional activity. This gap can hinder family-school partnership and pupils' success. Given that candidates' opportunities to learn about family engagement (FE) depends on the decisions and values of individual teacher educators, we illustrate how FE can be integrated into an existing educator preparation programme. Specifically, we describe how to design and use simulated parent-teacher conferences (PTCs) to: foster candidates' conference communication skills; assess their understanding of content knowledge and their ability to plan instruction. Specifically, we designed two simulation tasks that required candidates' to analyse and respond to a given student assessment profile and then share their interpretation of the information in ways that developed parent-teacher partnership. Modelled after simulation-based medical education, we describe three steps teacher educators can take to integrate simulated PTCs into their existing curriculum. To illustrate how and why simulations impact professional readiness, we also describe the advantages, sequence and psychological processes of simulation training. A sample of candidate profiles across the two tasks are shared to illustrate what candidates take away from their experiences and the kinds of findings faculty may encounter when integrating simulation pedagogy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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