Pre-Service Learning

Pre-service education tends to focus on preparation for teaching children in a classroom. It describes learning standards and curriculum, ways to arrange a classroom and how to prepare for a parent-teacher conference. But very few pre-service students get a foundation in working with parents as partners in the child’s learning process. “In the twenty-first century, educators need new and different knowledge and skills to meet today’s challenges, including the understanding and competencies to work with diverse students and families.”1

 


1 Teaching the Teachers: Preparing Educators to Engage Families for Student Achievement, Margaret Caspe, M. Elena Lopez, Ashley Chu, and Heather B. Weiss, Issues Brief, May, 2011, Harvard Family Research Project, National PTA

Teaching the Teachers: Preparing Educators to Engage Families for Student Achievement

Examining Preservice Teacher Knowledge and Competencies in Establishing Family–School Partnerships

The School Community Journal
The School Community Journal – a free, open acces, online journal – is a refereed journal that includes research and field reports related to the school as a community of teachers, students, parents and staff.


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