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Elementary Preservice Teachers' Opinions About Parental Involvement in Children's Education

Title: Elementary Preservice Teachers' Opinions About Parental Involvement in Children's Education.
Name(s): Uludag, Asli, author
Rice, Diana C., professor directing dissertation
Schwartz, Robert A., outside committee member
Flake, Janice L., committee member
Lundeen, Cynthia A., committee member
Department of Childhood Education, Reading and Disability Services, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2006
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This study examines the opinions of elementary preservice teachers about parental involvement in elementary children's education. The study specifically examines preservice teacher opinions about their preparation in learning parental involvement strategies and what kind of experiences regarding parental involvement they think teacher education programs should provide. Multiple data sources used for this study included: a survey questionnaire with preservice teachers (n=223), individual and group interviews with preservice and inservice teachers (n=18), interviews with university supervisors (n=5), and data from examining the courses preservice teachers took in their program. The data suggested that the preservice teachers held positive opinions relatively each of the five dimensions of parental involvement and parental involvement in general. Preservice teachers indicated that teacher education programs could better prepare preservice teachers to effectively deal with parents by multiple lectures in other courses or offering specific parental involvement courses, seminars, and workshops during the teacher education program. Not surprisingly, student teachers thought themselves to be more prepared to implement parental involvement strategies than the other groups. Out of the six respondents, four inservice teachers suggested that it would have been helpful to have had a class session dealing with parental involvement. Four of the inservice teachers responded that their student teaching helped them more in regard to parental involvement in areas such as learning different ways to involve parents, having parents help in the classroom, and conducting parent conferences. University supervisors responded that preservice teachers learned about parental involvement from their programs at the university. However, they primarily learned about parental involvement during their field experiences. University supervisors thought that parental involvement should be a part of a course.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-1462 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation Submitted to the Department of Childhood Education, Reading & Disability Services in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2006.
Date of Defense: March 02, 2006.
Keywords: Preservice Teachers Opinions, Parental Involvement, Elementary Schools
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Diana C. Rice, Professor Directing Dissertation; Robert A. Schwartz, Outside Committee Member; Janice L. Flake, Committee Member; Cynthia A. Lundeen, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Education
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Owner Institution: FSU

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