ERIC Number: EJ794813
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 36
Family Connections: A Basis for Teacher Reflection and Instructional Improvement
Kyle, Diane W.; McIntyre, Ellen; Miller, Karen B.; Moore, Gayle H.
School Community Journal, v15 n1 p29-50 Spr-Sum 2005
As teachers reach out to families in new ways, attempt to learn from them, and connect that knowledge to instruction, what do the teachers reflect on and consider? This article explores this question based on the experiences of two teachers involved in a multi-year study focused, in part, on school-family connections. Findings emerged from data collected during numerous visits made to the students' homes over two to three years, formal and informal interviews with the families, and the teachers' weekly reflections about their teaching and the students' academic development. They also reflected after each of the family visits, focusing their reflections on what had taken place on the visit, what they had learned from and about the family, and what this new knowledge meant for teaching that particular child or the class as a whole. The teachers' goal was to help students achieve academically by providing effective instruction that linked students' learning in school to their background of knowledge and experiences. The teachers' reflections helped them focus on whether and how they were reaching that goal and on what modifications might be needed.
Descriptors: Instructional Improvement, Reflective Teaching, Family School Relationship, Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Primary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Primary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky