Teachers and Families Working Together / Edition 1

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Overview

Teachers and Families Working Together is a concise resource that provides future teachers with exactly what they need to know when working with the families of young children. Chapters detail the benefits of family involvement for families, teachers, and especially children. Using the voices of many family members and teachers, this book describes diverse family types and cultures and gives specific strategies teachers can use to involve family members and the community in the life of a class or school. The family involvement strategies are divided into written communication, shared time, and other ways to involve families. Strategies are practical and are based on the experiences of early childhood educators.

Features that this text offers:

  • First section looks at family involvement from three different perspectives, -those of experts, families, and teachers.
  • The barriers to family involvement from the perspectives of families and teachers are examined.
  • Different ways of working with families -such as written communications, shared time with families, and working through differences between teachers and families are detailed.
  • Fourth section shares closing thoughts and solutions about work with families.
  • Pedagogy to support student learning includes: “Voices of Teachers,” “Voices of Families,” “Case Studies,” “Suggested Reflections,” “Field Experiences,“ and “Website Resources.”

Author Bio:

Deborah Diffily is an assistant professor of early childhood education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Her research interests include project-based learning, children's literacy and scientific development, and working with families. She coauthored Teaching Young Children with Margaret Puckett and Project-Based Learning with Young Children with Charlotte Sassman.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205376100
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 10/9/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 178
  • Sales rank: 1,363,015
  • Product dimensions: 6.92 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

I. DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES ABOUT FAMILY INVOLVEMENT.

1. What the Experts Say About Family Involvement.

The Historical Perspective of Parent Education/Family Involvement.

The Positions of Professional Organizations.

The Views of National Organizations and Agencies.

2. What Families Say About Family Involvement.

Family Types.

3. What Teachers Say About Family Involvement.

Beliefs About Working with Families.

Working with Family Practices.

Factor's Affecting Work with Families.

II. BARRIERS AND BENEFITS.

4. Reluctant Families.

Families Reluctant to Become Involved.

Teachers Reluctant to Involve Families.

5. Benefits of Family Involvement

Benefits to Children.

Benefits to Families.

Benefits to Teachers.

Benefits to Schools.

III. STRATEGIES TO COMMUNICATE WITH AND INVOLVE FAMILIES.

6. Written Communication.

Classroom-Level.

School-Level.

7. Shared Time with Families.

School-Level.

Classroom-Level.

8. Other Ways of Communicating.

School Level.

Classroom Level.

9. Working Through Cultural Differences Between Teachers and Families.

Cultural Differences.

Characteristics of African-American Families.

Characteristics of Hispanic Families.

Characteristics of Asian Families.

Characteristics of Native American Families.

Characteristics of Middle Eastern Families.

Characteristics of Immigrant Families.

10. Working Through Other Differences Between Teacher and Families.

Differences in Beliefs About Educational Practices.

Differences in Socioeconomic Status.

Linguistic Differences.

Educators' Responsibilities in Working Through Differences with Families.

IV. GETTING STARTED, BEING EFFECTIVE, AND MOVING BEYOND FAMILY INVOLVEMENT.

11. Getting Started with Family Involvement and Moving into the Community.

Making Plans for Family Involvement.

Implementing Plans for Family Involvement.

Working in and with the Community.

12. Being an Advocate for Young Children and Their Families.

Public Policy Advocacy.

Private-Sector Advocacy.

Personal Advocacy.

Important Issues for Advocates to Remember.

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