ERIC Number: EJ796258
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 53
Promoting Family-Centered Teaching: Can One Course Make a Difference?
Bingham, Ann; Abernathy, Tammy V.
Issues in Teacher Education, v16 n1 p37-60 Spr 2007
Historically, preservice teacher education programs have not adequately prepared teachers in parent involvement or family-centered practices. Because teachers do not routinely encourage family involvement, and parents do not always participate when they are encouraged to do so, the importance of preservice training to involve family members in children's education is paramount. Recognizing this gap in training and the concern that most beginning teachers do not naturally have the skills to effectively include families in day to day activities, responsive colleges and universities have developed courses encouraging positive interactions with families as a part of their curriculum. This article presents a study that was guided by the question of whether a single semester course would develop and enhance preservice teachers' attitudes towards collaborating with their students' families. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Parent Participation, Family Involvement, Parent School Relationship, Beginning Teachers, Higher Education, Family School Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Concept Mapping, Individualized Education Programs, Special Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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