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Recognising the Role of Families

Research Information

  • Research shows clearly that the concept of family-school partnerships is an idea whose time has come ...Yet it is a bold concept requiring substantial cultural change, both within schools and in attitdes towards schools. A long journey lies ahead if it is to be accomplished widely, but the educational and social goods demonstrated.. suggest that the journey is well worth making" - Family School Partnership project: A qualitative and quantitative study, July 2006.
  • http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/journeytoexcellence/partnership/index.asp is an excellent site for partnership information and videos of parent engagement strategies.
  • Parental interest in education is four times more important than SES factors in influencing attainment at 16 years of age (Feinstein and Symons, 1999).
  • Instructional involvement by parents has direct benefits on the learning outcomes for their children (McGaw, 1992).
  • A mother’s highest qualification level and the early years home learning environment (including how often parents read to their child, teach the alphabet, play with numbers, sing songs, nursery rhymes etc) are still the strongest predictors of academic, social and behavioural outcomes at age 10 and 11, in line with findings at younger ages (Sylva, Melhuish, Sammons etc al 2008).
  • “Parents and the Home Environment they create are the single most important factor in shaping their children’s achievements and prospects” Every Parent Matters, 2007 UK, p1.
  • The Missing Piece of the Proficiency Puzzle” (Kentucky Department of Education) outlines a set of  state-wide parental involvement performance standards. It contains a 'rubric' to evaluate partnership (click here)  
  • Despite the importance of school-family relations to the work of beginning teachers, there is consensus in the international research literature that “Teacher preparation institutions often fall short of providing future teachers with opportunities to practice navigating social interactions with parents and care-givers” (Dotger, et al, 2008: 337; see also Epstein, 2005; Epstein & Sanders, 2006; Ferrara & Ferrara, 2005)

Further Reading

  • Rudney, G. (2005). Every Teacher's Guide to Working with Parents. (Corwin Press)
  • McDermott, D. (2008). Developing Caring Relationships Among Parents, Children, Schools and Communities. (Sage Publications).
  • Feiler, A. (2010). Engaging 'Hard to Reach' Parents: Teacher-Parent Collaboration to Promote Children's Learning. (Wiley-Blackwell & Sons)



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