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School, Family, and Community Partnerships : Preparing Educators and Improving Schools,9780813387550

School, Family, and Community Partnerships : Preparing Educators and Improving Schools

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9780813387550

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0813387558
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Pub. Date:
4/17/2001
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Perseus Books
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Summary

How can teachers and administrators be prepared to create partnerships with families and communities? Nationwide, rhetoric in favor of parent involvement is high, but the quality of most programs still is low. Part of the problem is that most teacher education, administrative training, and other education of school professionals omit topics of school, family, and community partnerships. Instead, educators are prepared in limited ways to "deal with parents" when problems occur.This volume, based on twenty years of original research, addresses growing field of school, family, and community partnerships and offers an alternative approach. It is now possible to prepare teachers and administrators with a solid base of knowledge on partnerships. There are theoretical perspectives and results from research and development that should be shared with educators. As partners, parents and teachers share responsibility for the education and development of their children. Common messages and collaborative activities of home and school help to promote student success, prevent problems, or solve those that arise.The chapters in this volume provide a strong background to help educators in training and in schoolsthink about, talk about,and thenactto develop comprehensive programs of school, family, and community partnerships. Readers will be able to: Understand Epstein's theory of overlapping spheres of influence of families, schools, and communities to support children as students Study Epstein's framework of six types of involvement to create partnerships Review the research on the implementation and effects of partnerships Apply the theory, framework, and research in class projects and assignments Gather ideas for specific practices of partnership for use in elementary, middle, and high schools This collection is designed for use in courses of teacher education, preparation of school administrators, and other courses that prepare professionals to understand and to work in schools and with families and students. It is a definitive resource both in and out of the classroom with Comments, Questions to Discuss, Activities, and Field Experiences in each of the chapters.

Author Biography

Joyce L. Epstein is director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships; principal research scientist at the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk (CRESPAR); and professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
xi
Preface and Acknowledgments xv
Part One Understanding School, Family, and Community Partnerships
Introduction
3(18)
Matching Rhetoric with Practice
3(1)
The Need
4(1)
The Gap
5(3)
The Goals
8(1)
Achieving the Goals
9(1)
Using This Volume
10(3)
Setting a Course
13(2)
Featured Topics for Discussion
15(1)
Activities and Exercises
16(1)
Summary
17(1)
References
18(3)
Theory and Overview
21(76)
Toward a Theory of Family-School Connections: Teacher Practices and Parent Involvement
22(16)
Joyce L. Epstein
Perspectives and Previews on Research and Policy for School, Family, and Community Partnerships
38(36)
Joyce L. Epstein
Discussion and Activities
74(23)
Research
97(206)
Parent Involvement: A Survey of Teacher Practices
101(19)
Henry Jay Becker
Joyce L. Epstein
Teachers' Reported Practices of Parent Involvement: Problems and Possibilities
120(14)
Joyce L. Epstein
Henry Jay Becker
School Programs and Teacher Practices of Parent Involvement in Inner-City Elementary and Middle Schools
134(21)
Joyce L. Epstein
Susan L. Dauber
Parents' Reactions to Teacher Practices of Parent Involvement
155(21)
Joyce L. Epstein
Single Parents and the Schools: Effects of Marital Status on Parent and Teacher Interactions
176(29)
Joyce L. Epstein
Parents' Attitudes and Practices of Involvement in Inner-City Elementary and Middle Schools
205(16)
Susan L. Dauber
Joyce L. Epstein
Effects on Student Achievement of Teachers' Practices of Parent Involvement
221(15)
Joyce L. Epstein
Homework Practices, Achievements, and Behaviors of Elementary School Students
236(17)
Joyce L. Epstein
Student Reactions to Teachers' Practices of Parent Involvement
253(9)
Joyce L. Epstein
Discussion and Activities
262(41)
Part Two Applying Research on School, Family, and Community Partnerships
Policy Implications
303(98)
Parent Involvement: State Education Agencies Should Lead the Way
307(7)
Joyce L. Epstein
Sample State and District Policies on School, Family, and Community Partnerships
314(20)
A Question of Merit: Principals' and Parents' Evaluations of Teachers
334(12)
Joyce L. Epstein
Discussion and Activities
346(55)
Framework for Developing Comprehensive Partnership Programs
401(106)
School, Family, and Community Partnerships--Caring for the Children We Share
403(23)
Joyce L. Epstein
Discussion and Activities
426(81)
Practical Applications: Linking Family and Community Involvement to Student Learning
507(56)
Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork (TIPS): Interactive Homework in Math, Science, and Language Arts
510(33)
Joyce L. Epstein
Organizing Productive Volunteers in the Middle Grades
543(6)
Joyce L. Epstein
Discussion and Activities
549(14)
Strategies for Action in Practice, Policy, and Research
563(44)
Discussion and Activities
565(42)
Index 607


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