ERIC Number: EJ972601
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
What Does Whole Child Education Mean to Parents?
Educational Leadership, v68 n8 p80-81 May 2011
To learn more about how parents understand the whole child approach to education, ASCD commissioned KRC Research to conduct a study that included parent focus groups in Richmond, Virginia; and Columbus, Ohio, as well as a survey of 800 parents across the United States to identify their perceptions of what a whole child education is, how it is currently implemented in schools, and what barriers stand in the way of its implementation. It probably does not surprise anyone that participants generally agree that each child, in each school, in each community must be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. However, as educators seek these same goals, they need to emphasize that supporting the whole child is a shared responsibility. Perhaps most interesting among the survey results were the translations of educator language into more family-friendly terms. As educators engage parents in conversations about supporting the whole child, they may need to do less talking and more listening to make sure that they are speaking the same language.
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Holistic Approach, Surveys, Parents, Parent Attitudes, Program Implementation, Barriers, Child Safety, Educational Environment, Educational Quality, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Student Needs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio; United States; Virginia