Home, School and Community Relations: A Guide to Working with Families / Edition 4

Home, School and Community Relations: A Guide to Working with Families / Edition 4

by Carol Gestwicki, Gestwicki
     
 

ISBN-10: 0766803562

ISBN-13: 9780766803565

Pub. Date: 08/01/1999

Publisher: Cengage Delmar Learning

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766803565
Publisher:
Cengage Delmar Learning
Publication date:
08/01/1999
Series:
Early Childhood Education Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
7.48(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Forewardix
Prefacexi
Section IIntroduction to Families1
Chapter 1Families Today3
What Defines a Family?3
Demographics of Modern Families16
Why Study Sociological Trends?32
Chapter 2Parenting37
Roles Parents Play39
Parenthood as an Emotional Experience66
Chapter 3A Day with Two Families: Diversity of Experience76
The Lawrence Family77
The Ashley Family81
Implications for Teachers84
Diversity84
Section IITeacher-Family Partnerships in Early Education91
Chapter 4What is Parent Involvement?93
Perspectives on Parent Involvement93
Brief History of Parent Involvement94
Research on Child Development as Motivation to Include Parents199
Mandated Parent Involvement104
Community Concern for Family Support113
Chapter 5Benefits of Teacher-Family Partnerships for Children, Parents, and Teachers121
Benefits for Children125
Benefits for Parents129
Benefits for Teachers135
Chapter 6Potential Barriers to Teacher-Family Partnerships141
Why are There Barriers?142
Barriers Caused by Human Nature147
Barriers Caused by the Communication Process152
Barriers Caused by External Factors157
Chapter 7Foundations of a Successful Partnership163
Teacher Ideas and Attitudes164
External Factors169
Section IIITechniques for Developing Partnerships181
Chapter 8At the Beginning with Parents and Children183
Initial Contact Between Teacher, Parent, and Child184
Dealing with Separation Experiences198
Chapter 9Informal Communication with Parents212
Communication Techniques212
Chapter 10Parent-Teacher Conferences237
Importance of Regular Conferences237
Groundwork for a Successful Conference242
Strategies for a Successful Conference250
Pitfalls to Avoid for a Successful Conference256
Conference Evaluation264
Chapter 11Home Visits with Parents and Children269
Purposes of a Home Visit270
Undertaking Home Visits274
Post-Visit Responsibilities277
Advantages of Home Visits279
Disadvantages of Home Visits280
Home-Based Educational Programs281
Chapter 12Parents in a Classroom287
Advantages and Potential Problems288
Getting Parents Involved293
Teacher's Role308
Chapter 13Parents in Meetings312
What is Parent Education?313
Implementing a Parent Education Program322
Parents as Decision Makers328
Chapter 14Teachers and Parents in the Community333
Corporate Involvement336
Legislative Initiatives338
Linkings Within the Community340
The Role of Advocate346
Community as Educational Resource353
Section IVMaking a Partnership Work361
Chapter 15Working with Families from Diverse Backgrounds363
A Rationale for Teacher Attention to Diversity364
Strategies for Teachers371
Negotiating Cultural Conflict377
Common Cultural Issues that Arise in Classrooms379
Chapter 16Working with Parents in Particulr Circumstances398
Working with Families Undergoing Change Due to Divorce399
Working with Parents of Children with Special Needs414
Working with Parents of Infants425
Working with Families When Abuse Occurs434
Working with Adoptive Families441
Chapter 17Working to Resolve Troublesome Attitudes and Behaviors451
Hostility452
Indifference460
Over-Involvement462
Frequent Causes of Tension Between Parents and Teachers466
Chapter 18Looking at Parent-Involvement Programs that Work473
Lakewood Preschool Cooperative, Charlotte, North Carolina473
Fair Meadows School, Converse, Texas482
Ben and Jerry's Children's Center, Waterbury, Vermont488
Auraria Campus Child Care Center, Denver, Colorado494
Appendix501
References503
Index515

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