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Home, School, and Community Relations: A Guide to Working With Families

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Edition:
5th
ISBN13:

9780766863071

ISBN10:
0766863077
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
8/4/2003
Publisher(s):
Wadsworth Publishing
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Summary

Author and Early Childhood Consultant Carol Gestwicki draws on the standards for teachers in working with families espoused by the National Association for the Education of Young Children in her newest book Home, School, Community Relations: A Guide to Working with Families. Her approach to the subject of the importance of teacher-family relationships is refreshing. She presents important material in a positive manner, while acknowledging and discussing the difficulties that exist. Gestwicki has created a reader-friendly format that optimizes the use of case studies, examples, practical activities, photos, cartoons and tables, as well as lists of references, Web sites and additional reading. Education students, teachers and parents will find this to be a tremendous resource in helping children succeed in school, at home and in the community.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xi
Section I Introduction to Families
Families Today
2(48)
What Defines a Family?
3(14)
Demographics of Modern Families
17(22)
Why Study Sociological Trends?
39(11)
Parenting
50(52)
Roles Parents Play
52(34)
Parenthood as an Emotional Experience
86(14)
Appendix: Touchpoints Model
100(2)
A Day with Two Families: Diversity of Experience
102(20)
The Lawrence Family
103(4)
The Ashley Family
107(3)
Implications for Teachers
110(1)
Diversity
111(11)
Section II Teacher-Family Partnerships in Early Education
What Is Family Involvement?
122(39)
Perspectives on Family Involvement
123(2)
Brief History of Family Involvement
125(4)
Research on Child Development As Motivation to Include Parents
129(7)
Mandated Parent Involvement
136(13)
Community Concern for Family Support
149(12)
Benefits of Teacher-Family Partnerships for Children, Parents, and Teachers
161(24)
Benefits for Children
165(5)
Benefits for Parents
170(6)
Benefits for Teachers
176(9)
Potential Barriers to Teacher-Family Partnerships
185(26)
Why Are There Barriers?
186(6)
Differences between Teaching and Parenting
192(3)
Maneuvering over Turf
195(1)
The Issue of Trust
196(2)
Differences in Expertise
198(6)
Barriers Caused by External Factors
204(7)
Foundations of a Successful Partnership
211(29)
Teacher Ideas and Attitudes
212(8)
External Factors
220(20)
Section III Methods for Developing Partnerships
At the Beginning with Parents and Children
240(35)
Initial Contact between Teacher, Parent, and Child
241(17)
Dealing with Separation Experiences
258(17)
Informal Communication with Families
275(33)
Communication Methods
275(33)
Parent-Teacher Conferences
308(39)
Importance of Regular Conferences
309(4)
Groundwork for a Successful Conference
313(11)
Strategies for a Successful Conference
324(7)
Pitfalls to Avoid for a Successful Conference
331(9)
Conference Evaluation
340(7)
Home Visits with Parents and Children
347(22)
Purposes of a Home Visit
348(6)
Undertaking Home Visits
354(2)
Post-Visit Responsibilities
356(2)
Advantages of Home Visits
358(1)
Disadvantages of Home Visits
359(1)
Home-Based Educational and Support Programs
360(9)
Families in the Classroom
369(33)
Advantages and Potential Problems
370(6)
Getting Parents Involved
376(19)
Teacher's Role
395(7)
Parent Education
402(26)
What Is Parent Education?
404(10)
Implementing a Parent Education Program
414(7)
Parents As Decision Makers
421(7)
It Takes a Village: Teachers, Families, and Communities
428(38)
Corporate Involvement
432(4)
Legislative Initiatives
436(2)
Linkages within the Community
438(6)
The Role of Advocate
444(8)
Community As Educational Resource
452(14)
Section IV Making a Partnership Work
Working with Families from Diverse Backgrounds
466(43)
A Rationale for Teacher Attention to Diversity
467(10)
Strategies for Teachers
477(6)
Negotiating with Cultural Conflict
483(3)
Common Cultural Issues That Arise in Classrooms
486(9)
What Does Working with Diversity Look Like?
495(14)
Working with Families in Particular Circumstances
509(71)
Working with Families Undergoing Change Due to Divorce
510(19)
Working with Parents of Children with Special Needs
529(11)
Working with Parents of Infants
540(10)
Working with Families When Abuse Occurs
550(12)
Working with Adoptive Families
562(18)
Working to Resolve Troublesome Attitudes and Behaviors
580(27)
Hostility
582(7)
Indifference
589(4)
Over-Involvement
593(3)
Frequent Causes of Tension between Parents and Teachers
596(11)
Looking at Parent-Involvement Programs That Work
607(28)
Lakewood Preschool Cooperative, Charlotte, North Carolina
608(8)
Family Resource Center, Fort Myers, Florida
616(6)
Gorham House Preschool, Gorham, Maine
622(4)
Auraria Campus Child Care Center, Denver, Colorado
626(9)
Appendix: Resource Directory 635(4)
Glossary 639(3)
Index 642


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