9781418029746

Home, School, and Community Relations

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    9781418029746

  • ISBN10:

    1418029742

  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/21/2006
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xviii
SECTION I Introduction to Families
A Day with Two Families: Diversity of Experience
2(17)
The Lawrence Family
3(4)
The Ashley Family
7(3)
Implications for Teachers
10(1)
Diversity
11(8)
Families Today
19(50)
What Defines a Family?
20(14)
Demographics of Modern Families
34(24)
Why Study Sociological Trends?
58(11)
Parenting
69(57)
Roles Parents Play
71(36)
Parenthood as an Emotional Experience
107(15)
Appendix: Touchpoints Model
122(4)
SECTION II Teacher--Family Partnerships in Early Education
What Is Family Involvement?
126(42)
Perspectives on Family Involvement
127(2)
A Brief History of Family Involvement
129(4)
Research on Child Development as Motivation to Include Parents
133(7)
Mandated Parent Involvement
140(17)
Community Concern for Family Support
157(11)
Benefits of Teacher--Family Partnerships for Children, Parents, and Teachers
168(23)
Benefits for Children
172(5)
Benefits for Parents
177(5)
Benefits for Teachers
182(9)
Potential Barriers to Teacher--Family Partnerships
191(29)
Why Are There Barriers?
192(6)
Differences between Teaching and Parenting
198(3)
Maneuvering over Turf
201(2)
The Issue of Trust
203(2)
Differences in Expertise
205(7)
Barriers Caused by External Factors
212(8)
Foundations of a Successful Partnership
220(28)
Teacher Ideas and Attitudes
221(8)
External Factors
229(19)
SECTION III Methods for Developing Partnerships
At the Beginning with Parents and Children
248(35)
Initial Contact between Teacher, Parent, and Child
249(17)
Dealing with Separation Experiences
266(17)
Informal Communication with Families
283(34)
Communication Methods
283(34)
Parent--Teacher Conferences
317(40)
Importance of Regular Conferences
318(4)
Groundwork for a Successful Conference
322(11)
Strategies for a Successful Conference
333(7)
Pitfalls to Avoid for a Successful Conference
340(6)
Difficult Conferences
346(3)
Conference Evaluation
349(8)
Home Visits with Parents and Children
357(22)
Purposes of Home Visits
358(5)
Undertaking Home Visits
363(2)
Postvisit Responsibilities
365(1)
Advantages of Home Visits
366(1)
Disadvantages of Home Visits
367(3)
Home-Based Educational and Support Programs
370(9)
Families in the Classroom
379(34)
Advantages and Potential Problems
380(7)
Getting Families Involved
387(18)
The Teacher's Role
405(8)
Parent Education
413(29)
What Is Parent Education?
415(11)
Implementing a Parent Education Program
426(9)
Parents as Decision Makers
435(7)
It Takes a Village: Teachers, Families, and Communities
442(36)
Corporate Involvement
447(2)
Legislative Initiatives
449(4)
Linkages within the Community
453(4)
The Role of Advocate
457(8)
Community as an Educational Resource
465(13)
SECTION IV Making a Partnership Work
Working with Families from Diverse Backgrounds
478(44)
A Rationale for Teacher Attention to Diversity
479(11)
Strategies for Teachers
490(6)
Negotiating with Cultural Conflict
496(2)
Common Cultural Issues that Arise in Classrooms
498(10)
What Does Working with Diversity Look Like?
508(14)
Working with Families in Particular Circumstances
522(71)
Working with Families Undergoing Change Due to Divorce
523(19)
Working with Parents of Children with Special Needs
542(11)
Working with Families of Infants
553(9)
Working with Families When Abuse Occurs
562(13)
Working with Adoptive Families
575(18)
Working to Resolve Troublesome Attitudes and Behaviors
593(28)
Hostility
595(8)
Indifference
603(4)
Overinvolvement
607(3)
Frequent Causes of Tension between Parents and Teachers
610(11)
Looking at Parent Involvement Programs That Work
621(32)
Lakewood Preschool Cooperative, Charlotte, North Carolina
622(9)
Family Resource Center, Fort Myers, Florida
631(6)
Gorham House Preschool, Gorham, Maine
637(5)
Lincoln Nursery School, Lincoln, Massachusetts
642(11)
Appendix: Resource Directory 653(2)
Glossary 655(4)
Index 659

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