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Contents Foreword Preface Section I Introduction to Families Chapter 1 A Day with Two Families: Diversity of Experience The Lawrence Family The Ashley Family Implications for Teachers Diversity Chapter 2 Families Today What Defines a Family? Demographics of Modern Families Why Study Sociological Trends? Chapter 3 Parenting Roles Parents Play Parenthood as an Emotional Experience Section II Teacher-Family Partnerships in Education Chapter 4 What Is Family Involvement? Perspectives on Family Involvement A Brief History of Family Involvement Research on Child Development as Motivation to Include Parents Mandated Parent Involvement Community Concern for Family Support Chapter 5 Benefits of Teacher-Family Partnerships for Children, Parents, and Teachers Benefits for Children Benefits for Parents Benefits for Teachers Chapter 6 Potential Barriers to Teacher-Family Partnerships Why Are There Barriers? Differences between Teaching and Parenting Maneuvering over Turf The Issue of Trust Differences in Expertise Barriers Caused by External Factors Chapter 7 Foundations of a Successful Partnership Teacher Ideas and Attitudes External Factors Section III Methods for Developing Partnerships Chapter 8 At the Beginning with Parents and Children Initial Contact between Teacher, Parent, and Child Dealing with Separation Experiences Chapter 9 Informal Communication with Families Communication Methods Chapter 10 Parent-Teacher Conferences Importance of Regular Conferences Groundwork for a Successful Conference Strategies for a Successful Conference Pitfalls to Avoid for a Successful Conference Difficult Conferences Conference Evaluation Chapter 11 Home Visits with Parents and Children Purposes of a Home Visits Undertaking Home Visits Postvisit Responsibilities Advantages of Home Visits Disadvantages of Home Visits Home-Based Educational and Support Programs Chapter 12 Families in the Classroom Advantages and Potential Problems Getting Parents Involved The Teacher's Role Chapter 13 Parent Education What Is Parent Education? Implementing a Parent Education Program Parents as Decision Makers Chapter 14 It Takes a Village: Teachers, Families, and Communities Corporate Involvement Legislative Initiatives Linkages within the Community The Role of Advocate Community as an Educational Resource Section IV Making a Partnership Work Chapter 15 Working with Families from Diverse Backgrounds A Rationale for Teacher Attention to Diversity Strategies for Teachers Negotiating with Cultural Conflict Common Cultural Issues That Arise in Classrooms What Does Working with Diversity Look Like? Chapter 16 Working with Families in Particular Circumstances Working with Families Undergoing Change Due to Divorce Working with Parents of Children with Special Needs Working with Families of Infants Working with Families When Abuse Occurs Working with Adoptive Families Chapter 17 Working to Resolve Troublesome Attitudes and Behaviors Hostility Indifference Overinvolvement Frequent Causes of Tension between Parents and Teachers Chapter 18 Looking at Parent Involvement Programs That Work Lakewood Preschool Cooperative, Charlotte, North Carolina Family Resource Center, Fort Myers, Florida Gorham House Preschool, Gorham, Maine Lincoln Nursery School, Lincoln, Massachusetts Appendix: Resource Directory Glossary Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Home and school -- United States.
Parent-teacher relationships -- United States.