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ERIC Number: EJ794783
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1059-308X
Communicating with Families across Cultures: An Investigation of Teacher Perceptions and Practices
Eberly, Jody L.; Joshi, Arti; Konzal, Jean
School Community Journal, v17 n2 p7-26 Fall-Win 2007
Increasing diversity in the student population intensifies the need for and the difficulties of establishing culturally sensitive and meaningful communication between teachers and parents. This study examined the practices of early childhood and elementary teachers concerning culturally sensitive home-school communication. As a second phase of a multi-phase research design, focus group discussions were conducted with 21 participants. Discussions centered on the teachers' understanding of familial influences on learning and their actual communication patterns with parents. Seven themes were identified related to such issues as: defining culture; exploring the relationship between culture, class, and child-rearing; recognizing one's own biases; and reaching out to parents in a culturally sensitive manner. Implications for educators working with families from diverse cultures are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A