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Parents as Partners in Education : Families and Schools Working Together / Edition 5

Parents as Partners in Education : Families and Schools Working Together / Edition 5

by Eugenia Hepworth Berger

ISBN-10: 0130996548

ISBN-13: 9780130996541

Pub. Date: 07/09/1999

Publisher: Pearson

This book sets the standard for preparing prospective teachers to engage parents of children 0 to 8 in the challenging occupation of educating them. Covers all aspects of the subject, including past and current research, the challenges of working with minority and culturally-diverse families and families of children with disabilities, in-school and home-based


This book sets the standard for preparing prospective teachers to engage parents of children 0 to 8 in the challenging occupation of educating them. Covers all aspects of the subject, including past and current research, the challenges of working with minority and culturally-diverse families and families of children with disabilities, in-school and home-based programs, parent conferences, child abuse, advocacy, and the rights-and-responsibilities balance. Up-to-date coverage includes the most recent Census data (2000)>197>adressing changing demographics across the United States and their implications for all aspects of education; as well as recent changes in special education law. For educators and those studying to be educators.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1Family Involvement--Essential for a Child's Development1
Family Systems6
Parents: First Educators8
Survival of Society8
Brain Development8
Early Theories Concerning Intellectual Development19
National Responses22
Evidence in Support of Home-School Collaboration22
Developmental Continuity and Discontinuity23
Programs That Work27
A Sleeping Giant: The Child Advocate28
Working as an Advocate on a Personal Level29
National Advocacy32
Ready to Learn33
A Look Ahead36
Chapter 2Historical Overview of Family Life and Parent Involvement39
Part 1Early History41
Prehistoric Parent Education41
Formal Education in Early Societies41
Parent Involvement in Education and Family Life in Greece42
Parent Involvement and Family Life in Rome42
European Children During the Middle Ages44
People in Other Parts of the World44
Influence of the Reformation and Invention of the Printing Press45
The Beginnings of Modern Parent Educators and Child Development Theorists46
European Children in the 17th and 18th Centuries48
The Family in Colonial North America50
Early Education in the Spanish Southwest52
Development of the Family Concept52
Native Americans in the 1700s and 1800s53
Childrearing in the 1800s in the United States54
Immigration and Annexations55
Civil War57
Change in Education59
Part 2More Recent History of Parent Education and Child Development61
Chapter 3The Family and Community91
Family Forms100
Growth of a Nation102
Greater Amount of Education for Parents102
Working Mothers103
Greater Involvement of Fathers With Their Children104
Single-Parent Families109
Blended Families113
Homeless Families119
Working with Culturally Diverse Groups122
The First Inhabitants of North America127
Arrival of Other Ethnic Groups129
African-American Families132
Diversification of Present-Day United States138
Chapter 4Effective Home-School-Community Relationships143
Parent-School Cooperation143
The Case for Improved Relationships147
Home-School Continuity150
Roles of Parents, Teachers, and Administrators150
Ways to Enhance School-Home-Community Relations156
Family Center157
School Activities and Resources158
Parents as Resources164
Parents as Partners in Education at Home165
Contacts Early in the School Year165
What Works168
Meeting the Needs of Your School Area171
Building Family Strengths173
Chapter 5Communication and Parent Programs187
One-Way Communication190
Two-Way Communication197
Roadblocks to Communication201
Effective Communication with Parents203
Parent Education Programs--P.E.T., Active Parenting, Step--Focus on Communication208
Parent-Teacher Conferences210
Dealing with Concerns Throughout the Year228
Chapter 6Collaborative Leadership--Working with Parents231
Family Involvement232
Why Develop Collaborative Leadership Skills?233
Parent Education233
Effectiveness of Parent Involvement235
Needs Assessment236
Developing Items for a Needs Assessment236
Interest Finders237
Development of Objectives238
How Parents Learn Best238
Group Discussions239
Leadership Training242
Establishing a Positive Atmosphere245
Group Roles247
Types of Meetings252
Arrangements for Meetings252
Appendix AParent Needs Assessment273
Appendix BPromoting Children's Self-Esteem279
Chapter 7School-Based Programs281
Seven Levels of Parent Involvement283
Issues and Concerns284
Six Types of Involvement285
Middle and Secondary Schools288
A Walk Through an Elementary School290
School and Center Programs292
Child Health Services--School Collaboration296
School-Based Parent Involvement298
U.S. Department of Education Efforts301
Helping Parents Work with Their Children302
Resources in the Home303
Workshops for Parents308
Implementation of Home Learning Activities311
Reaching Reticent Parents311
Parent Education for Teenagers315
Comprehensive Service Delivery--Family Resource Centers318
Family Literacy320
Making Programs Happen321
Chapter 8Home-Based Programs325
Home Visiting326
Home-Based Education327
Programs That Work327
Deciding on a Home-Based Program345
Need for a Program346
Home Learning Activities352
Five-Step Guide to Learning Activities352
Screening for Better Understanding355
Homework, Homestudy, or Enrichment at Home360
Homework at Preschool, Elementary, and Secondary School362
Chapter 9Working with Parents of a Child with Disabilities367
Development of Special Education368
Legislation for People with Disabilities372
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: IDEA--P.L. 101-476375
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997 (P.L. 105-17)376
Who Is the Exceptional Child?380
Development of the IEP385
Child Find Project389
Part C of IDEA 97390
The Individualized Family Service Plan and Family Survey392
Children with Disabilities in Head Start and Child Care394
Helping the Young Child Develop399
Teaching the Student with a Disability399
Communication with Parents of Children with Disabilities401
How Parents Can Help the School-aged Child at Home402
Parent Involvement in the Classroom405
Parental Reactions406
Parents Share Their Feelings407
Special Problems of Parents of Children with Disabilities408
Advocacy in Special Education409
Gifted and Talented Students409
Concern for Those Who Work with Children with Disabilities409
Rights and Services Available to Parents410
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs411
Learning Is Hard411
Chapter 10The Abused Child415
Responsibility to Report415
Extent of Child Abuse and Neglect420
Child Maltreatment421
Physical Abuse and Neglect422
Emotional Abuse425
Sexual Abuse427
Age of Victims429
Communication with Families430
Corporal Punishment in Schools430
Factors in Child Abuse431
Who Are the Abused and the Abusers?432
Who Reports Maltreatment Cases?433
Behaviors and Attitudes of Parents and Children That May Indicate Child Abuse435
Behavior and Psychological Characteristics of the Child in School435
Why Do Abuse and Neglect Continue to Happen?439
Characteristics and Risk Factors of Abusive Parents440
Why Is There Abuse?442
Development of Policies443
How to Talk with Children and Parents445
Programs to Prevent Abuse447
Intervening in Sexual Abuse449
Chapter 11Rights, Responsibilities, and Advocacy455
Origin of Parents' and Children's Rights456
Parents' Right to Select Their Child's Education458
Student Records--Open Record Policy460
Rights and Responsibilities of Students and Parents462
Developing Criteria Together470
Child Advocacy471
Advocacy for Children Around the World473
Facts on Children and Families474
Preparing for Advocacy478
Steps to Take for Public Advocacy480
Case or Class Action480
Developing an Advocacy Approach in Your Community School481
AppendixResources for Home and School Programs485

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