Home, School and Community Relations: A Guide to Working with Families / Edition 6

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Overview

This practical text is designed to meet the needs of students, administrators, and teachers of children of all ages who are trying to create effective partnerships with families. It provides an overview of modern families and their complex roles, to sensitize teachers to the diversity and needs of families they will encounter. The text discusses fully both the benefits of creating productive partnerships and the barriers that teachers must work beyond. Practical and effective communication strategies are described, with abundant examples. Emphasis is placed on current developments in the field of early childhood education, legislative mandates in education, and position statements from professional organizations. A discussion of No Child Left Behind and updated NAEYC Code of Ethics accreditation standards for programs and for teacher education supports this emphasis.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418029746
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/21/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Gestwicki had been an instructor in the Early Childhood Education program at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, for more than 20 years. Her teaching responsibilities have included supervising students in classroom situations as they work with parents. Earlier in her career, she worked with children and families in a wide variety of community agencies and schools in Toronto, New York, New Jersey, and Namibia. She received her MA from Drew University. She has been an active member of NAEYC for many years, making numerous presentations at state and national conferences. Other publications include more than two dozen articles on child development and family issues, and script-writing and design of 14 audiovisual instructional programs.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Day With Two Families: Diversity of Experience. Chapter 2: Families Today. Chapter 3: Parenting. Chapter 4: What is Family Involvement? Chapter 5: Benefits of Teacher-Family Partnerships for Children, Parents, and Teachers. Chapter 6: Potential Barriers to Teacher-Family Partnerships. Chapter 7: Foundations of a successful Partnership. Chapter 8: At the Beginning with Parents and Children. Chapter 9: Informal Communication with Families. Chapter 10: Parent-Teacher Conferences. Chapter 11: Home Visits with Parents and Children. Chapter 12: Families in the Classroom. Chapter 13: Parent Education. Chapter 14: It Takes a Village: Teachers, Families, and Communities. Chapter 15: Working with Families from Diverse Backgrounds. Chapter 16: Working with Families in Particular Circumstances. Chapter 17: Working to Resolve Troublesome Attitudes and Behaviors. Chapter 18: Looking at Parent Involvement Programs that Work.

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