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ERIC Number: EJ898697
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Family Involvement: Challenges to Consider, Strengths to Build On
Souto-Manning, Mariana
Young Children, v65 n2 p82-88 Mar 2010
Educators have long known that family involvement is vital to children's success in school. Yet many teachers struggle to find effective ways to involve families in their classrooms. Often, the dilemma is due not to families' lack of interest but rather to time constraints and differing cultural expectations about the roles of teachers and families. In today's fast-paced society, teachers and families face competing demands for their time, energy, and resources. For an ever growing number of families, adults work and children attend early education programs. In trying to reach out to families and make classrooms inclusive places, caring and well-intentioned educators may unknowingly place additional demands on families. In fact, research shows time demands and cultural mismatch as two prevalent challenges to family involvement. To respond to these challenges, this article explores ways in which teachers can involve families while respecting the demands on their time and the expectations of diverse cultures. While this is not an exhaustive list of ideas, it provides a foundation for teachers to start imagining how to involve families in their children's educational settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A