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ERIC Number: EJ842193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0192-592X
Engaging Families with Technology
T.H.E. Journal, v31 n5 p7-13 Dec 2003
How to involve families in the formal education of their children is a question researchers and educators have been trying to answer since the first bricks were laid for the nation's public education system. A solution must be found, for family involvement has been proven to be associated with a myriad of stellar outcomes, including greater standardized test scores, higher grades, better attendance, improved social skills and a greater likelihood of admission to postsecondary institution. This article bridges the divide by providing hands-on strategies for researchers and educators alike to implement with families from diverse cultural backgrounds, including the culture of poverty, to increase parental involvement in children's formal schooling. The practices described herein also apply to families of students with special needs who, likewise, may feel marginalized by the school system. This work is the culmination of a multiyear investigation into the use of technology to elevate parental involvement, thereby improving student achievement with elementary students and their families. It proved technology to be a flexible and useful medium for attracting and engaging family participation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida