Family Counts: Effects of Home Visits on Parent-Teacher Relationships

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Title Family Counts: Effects of Home Visits on Parent-Teacher Relationships
Creator Aimee DiBrienza
Subject Teacher home visits; parent-teacher relationships; school engagement; parent engagement in school; parent-teacher communication; family engagement; MEd
Description The purpose of this qualitative case study was to determine the effects of teacher home visits on parent participation in school, the quality and frequency of parent-teacher communications, and the parent-teacher relationship. Framed by the ecological systems and social capital theories, the; study examined a parent-teacher relationship survey, school communication and participation data, teacher interviews, and a parent focus group discussion using the constant comparative method. The study was completed in the Western United States at a rural charter school where parent engagement was historically low. Findings from this study clearly suggest that teacher home visits have a powerful, positive effect on the quality and frequency of parent-teacher communications, increase parent engagement in collaboration, confidence, and support of teachers, and improve parent-teacher relationships in substantial ways. These benefits led to an analysis of the program for best practices by participants and the researcher, and resulted in a number of recommendations for the school organization, parents, and teachers. The researcher recommends teacher home visits as a way to bridge the gap between home and school and establish foundational trust between teachers and families on which positive, authentic, mutually beneficial relationships can be built.
Publisher Westminster College
Date 2018-05
Type Text; Image
Language eng
Rights Management Digital copyright 2018, Westminster College. All rights Reserved.
ARK ark:/87278/s6wq47f2
Setname wc_ir
Date Created 2018-06-08
Date Modified 2018-06-08
ID 1341285
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6wq47f2
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