ERIC Number: EJ782242
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 5
Beyond Open Houses: School Promotes Cross-Cultural Understanding among Teachers and Language-Minority Families
Levine, Thomas H.; Irizarry, Jason G.; Bunch, George C.
Journal of Staff Development, v29 n1 p29-33 Win 2008
For years, well-intentioned educators have arranged school open houses to encourage language minority families to participate in their children's education. These educators know that decades of research tout the benefits of schools partnering with parents. Yet the results of such events are often discouraging. Many teachers and administrators do not wholly understand the cultural differences that complicate their efforts to work with families. Similarly, school staff often underestimate the economic, educational, cultural, and linguistic challenges that discourage families from participating in their children's education in the ways that many teachers expect and value. This article discusses how schools can design ways to promote mutual learning and understanding among teachers and language-minority families. It also describes some strategies to promote cross-cultural collaboration.
Descriptors: Language Minorities, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Parent School Relationship, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Parent Participation, Parent Teacher Cooperation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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