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Home-School Relations examines the nature of the contemporary family and its relationship to the school and provides practical advice for developing strong home-school relationships. This text discusses the need for educators to have positive working relationships with the students that they teach and describes the techniques they must use to understand the families from which their students come. In addition to covering the traditional topics of ethnic families, change in families, and parent-teacher communication, Olsen, Fuller, and their contributors delve further into the issues facing families today. Poverty, advocacy, fathering and domestic violence and their effect on families are covered opening new paths of understanding for educators. In addition, diversity (cultural, racial, religious, and sexual orientation) is discussed, not only in a separate chapter, but throughout the text, to promote understanding of all students and their families. Unlike other texts in this field, Home-School Relations confronts the alarming statistics on poverty and how it affects children, and ultimately, their performance in schools. Home-School Relations is the best text available to prepare educators for all the forms of diversity they will encounter in the field. Beyond its in-depth look at ever-evolving families, this text provides solid, practical examples of building good home-school partnerships and fostering familial involvement in schools. Specific examples of activities and strategies are presented, offering the educator and pre-service student a valuable professional resource.
Table of Contents
Every chapter concludes with “Summary,” “Recommended Activities,” “Additional Resources,” and “References.”
1. An Introduction to Families, Mary Lou Fuller and Glenn W. Olsen. Defining “Family” and Determining Family Responsibilities Families, Their Children, and Teachers. Changing World-Changing Families. Home-School Relations in the Past. Looking at Families. Parent Involvement.
2. Families and Their Functions-Past and Present, Mary Lou Fuller and Carol Marxen. The Evolution of the Family. Early History. Contemporary American Families. Patterns of Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage. Functional Families. Dysfunctional Families.
3. Diversity among Families, Ivan Watts and Sandra Winn Tutwiler. The Changing Family. Family Structure. Alternative Family Structures. Ethnic and Cultural Diversity. frican American Families. Asian American Families. Hispanic/Latino Families. Native American Families. Religious Diversity.
4. Parents' Perspectives on Parenting, Karen W. Zimmerman. Becoming a Parent. Parenting Styles. Parenting Behaviors in Diverse Family Structure. Single-Parent Families. Divorced Noncustodial Fathers and Mothers. Stepparent Families. Rewards and Satisfactions of Parenthood.
5. Teachers and Parenting, Judith B. MacDonald. Teaching and Parenting. Teachers' Perspectives on Parents. Parents' Perspectives on Teachers and Schools.
6. Parent-Teacher Communication: Who's Talking? Sara Fritzell Hanhan. Building a Coequal Relationship. Barriers to Two-Way Communication. Aids to Two-Way Communication. Initial Communication. Regular Communication. Written Communication. Parent-Teacher Conferences. Communication with Parents of Middle School Students. Other Ways of Communication on a Regular Basis. Communication on Special Occasions.
7. Parent Involvement in Education, Soo-Yin Lim. Defining Parent Involvement. The Benefits of Parent Involvement: What Research Has to Say. Six Types of Parent Involvement. Foundations of Facilitating a Meaningful Parent Involvement.
8. Families and Their Children with Disabilities, AmySue Reilly. Historical Perspective. Number of Children Receiving Special Educational Services. Federal Special Education Laws and Legislation. Family Systems.
9. Family Involvement Models. Family Involvement in Special Education, Mary McLean and Margaret Shaeffer. A Family Systems Conceptual Framework. Family-Centered Intervention. Parent to Parent Programs. COACH. Co-Instruction. Family Involvement Models in Early Childhood Education, Soo-Yim Lim. Head Start. Early Head Start. Title I/Even Start. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Minnesota Early Childhood Education. ADVANCE. Parent and Child Education (PACE). Family Involvement Models in Elementary Education, Marci Glessner. Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork (TIPS). MegaSkills. Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC). National Network of Partnership Schools. School Development Program (SDP). Family Involvement Models in Middle Schools, J. Howard Johnston and Aimee Fogelman. The Outcomes of Involvement. Impediments to Family Involvement. Model for Family Involvement. Contextual Considerations. Engaging Culturally Diverse Parents. The Model in Operation. Supporting Parent Involvement and Securing Assistance for the School. What Advice Can We Give Parents?
10. Educational Law and Parental Rights, Gloria Jean Thomas. History of the Legal Relationship between Parents and Schools. State Constitutions and Education. State Legislatures and Education. State and Federal Courts and Education. Case References.
11. Family Violence, Tara Lea Muhlhauser and Douglas D. Knowlton. Child Abuse and Neglect. Domestic Violence. Recommendations for Action.
12. Poverty, Mary Lou Fuller. What is Poverty? Myths about Poverty. The Effects of Poverty. Schools and Families of Poverty. Working with Low-Income Families. Suggestions for Working with Low-Income Parents.
13. Fatherhood, Society, and School, Charles B. Hennon, Glen Palm and Glenn W. Olsen. Basic Premises. Fatherhood in Context. Conduct of Fathering. Understanding Fathering. Fathering and School Achievement. Benefits of Involving Fathers in Schools. Society-Level Interventions. Community-Level Interventions. Parent Education. Father's Involvement with Schools. Family-Level Interventions.
14. School Choices in Education, Joe Nathan. School Choice Programs Have Four Key Features. Rationale. Brief Historical Background. Vouchers. Home-Schooling. Magnet Schools. Boston, MA—Schools Within Schools. New Small Schools. The Charter School Movement. Post-Secondary Options. Sharing Facilities.
15. School Violence and Bulling: Implications for Home School Partnerships, John H. Hoover, Mary Beth Noll and Glenn W. Olsen. School Violence Bullying and Violence. Family Interaction Patterns Affecting Bulling and Victimization in Children. Social Cognitive Schemes: A Way for Educators to Understand the Role of Families in Bullying and Victimization. Home-School Relations and Bullying: What Educators and Future Educators Should Know.