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1 Parental Involvement and Teacher Communication Inna Shenker Fall 2010 Edu. 7201 Prof. OConnor~Petruso

2 Statement of the Problem Parents of elementary schools (whether public, private, or charter, etc) are not always involved with the school system. Teachers are looking for different ways to get parents involved with the schools, classrooms, and at home. Parents are not coming to parent teacher conferences, responding to letters, volunteering, or helping out at home with their children for various reasons. Some reasons may be: language barrier, lack of cultural understanding, and so on. Parents and teachers need to find a way of communicating, working together, and improving ways of being involved schools and at home.

3 Communication with parents Finding ways through cultures Joshi, Arti Eberly, Jody Konzal Jean. 2005 Teachers learning about their students backgrounds Watkins, Thomas J..2010 Parents finding it difficult to communicate with teachers and the school staff for various reasons and vice versa Joshi, Arti Eberly, Jody Konzal Jean. 2005 Wong, Shuk Wa. Hughes, Jan N. 2006 Some parents prefer emails, where they are informed. Teachers see improvements. Tobolka, Darby. 2006

4 Parents involvement in homework and schools ~Pros~ Parents help their children with homework Schumacher, Bev. Spring 2000 Parents involve teachers methods in their help Floyd, Loury Ollison. Veron-Dotson, Lisa Jo. 2009 Parents discipline their children to get their homework done and on time Teachers see improvement in working on tasks and grades In addition: Parent-teacher trust Watkins, Thomas J. 2010 Wong, Shuk Wa. Hughes, Jan N. 2006 Parent-teacher education on students Griffin, Dana and Steen, Sam. 2010 Watkins, Thomas J. 2010 Parents know what is happening in the school system Parents volunteering Huntsinger, S. Carol. Jose, E. Paul. 2009

5 Parents Involvement in Homework ~ Cons ~ Parents do not focus on behavior, mainly on things such as: grades and focus on tasks Teachers do not see a change or improvement on behavior In addition: Parents have no time to come Language barrier Students want their parents to come, if they communicate through internet Students behavior may not improve Watkins, Thomas J. 2010 Quintana, Anita P. and Warren, Susan R. 2008

6 Asian American/European American Parents on Education Education is important 1. Schumacher, Bev. 2000) 2. Huntsinger, S. Carol. Jose, E. Paul. 2009 Important to educate child at home, including more emphasis on own teaching as well Huntsinger, S. Carol. Jose, E. Paul. 2009 Teachers teach in class, parents teach at home Huntsinger, S. Carol. Jose, E. Paul. 2009 Teachers are an important part of teaching their children Huntsinger, S. Carol. Jose, E. Paul. 2009 Use schools techniques at home Huntsinger, S. Carol. Jose, E. Paul. 2009 Schumacher, Bev. 2000 Floyd, Loury Ollison. Veron- Dotson, Lisa Jo. 2009 Help in classroom and in school as much as they can Huntsinger, S. Carol. Jose, E. Paul. 2009

7 Latino Parents on Education Important to volunteer 1. Wong, Shuk Wa. Hughes, Jan N. 2006 2. Quintana, Anita P. and Warren, Susan R. 2008 Involve other parents Quintana, Anita P. and Warren, Susan R. 2008 Meetings Quintana, Anita P. and Warren, Susan R. 2008 Help in class and school Wong, Shuk Wa. Hughes, Jan N., 2006 Watkins, Thomas J..2010 Language barrier between teachers and parents Quintana, Anita P. and Warren, Susan R. 2008

8 Theorists/Practitioners Epsteins theory plays an important role in education. Griffin, Dana and Steen, Sam. 010 Epstein discusses six types of involvements: 1) parenting 2) communicating 3) volunteering 4) learning at home, 5) decision making and 6) collaborating Griffin, Dana and Steen, Sam April 2010

9 Hypothesis Over a few week study in a Public School X, a teacher will look at ways parents are involved and not involved in his/her classroom. We will look into diversities of how parents view involvement in the classroom and at home. The teacher would send out a survey to the homes, call and invite parents to the classroom to volunteer, or invite parents to volunteer on a field trip.

10 Citations Joshi, Arti Eberly, Jody Konzal Jean. Dialogue across cultures: a teachers perceptions about communication with diverse Families. Understanding Family Diversity. Winter 2005 Huntsinger, S. Carol. Jose, E. Paul. Parental involvement in childrens schooling: Different meanings in different cultures. Early Childhood Research Quarterly Volume 24, issue 4, 4th Quarter 2009 Quintana, Anita P. and Warren, Susan R. Listening to the Voices of Latino Parent Volunteers. Kappa Delta Pi Record Spring 2008 Tobolka, Darby. Connecting Teachers and Parents Through the Internet Communication December 2006 Griffin, Dana and Steen, Sam. School-Family-Community Partnerships: Applying Epsteins Theory of the Six Types of Involvement to School Counselor Practice". American School Counseling Association. April 2010 Schumacher, Bev. Learning continues at home Montessori Life. Montessori Life v.12 no.2 (Spring 2000) Floyd, Loury Ollison. Veron-Dotson, Lisa Jo. Using home learning tool kits to facilitate family involvement. Intervention in School and Clinic January 2009 Vol 44 numb 3 Hoover-Dempsy, Kathleen V. Battiato, Angela C. Walker, Joan M.T. Reed, Richard P. DeJong, Jennifer M. Jones, Kathleen P. Parental involvement in homework Educational Psychologist 2001 Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc. Watkins, Thomas J. Teacher communications, child achievement, and parent traits in parent involvement The Journals of Education Research (Washington, D.C) 91(1997):3-14. Education full text. Web 13 Sep.2010 Wong, Shuk Wa. Hughes, Jan N. Ethnicity and language contributions to dimensions of parent involvement. School Psychology Review, 2006, Volume 35, No. 4, pp. 645-662


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