By Garry Hornby

It's said that potent faculties contain mom and dad successfully. This examine describes how colleges can accomplish that goal, and the way to extend criteria of feat. It covers the sphere from nursery to secondary colleges, and is geared toward academics, governors, welfare employees, advisers and PTAs.

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An essential aspect of the partnership envisaged is that it must be based on mutual respect. For example, it requires parents and teachers to listen to each other and give due consideration to each other's views. This partnership also requires a long-term commitment to a wide range of activities involving both teachers and parents. It also must encompass a sharing of planning and decision-making responsibilities (Swap, 1993). In this way effective collaborative working relationships between teachers and parents can be established.

It is based on the assumption that parents have important expertise to contribute and that the interaction between parents and teachers around the implementation of the curriculum material will enhance the educational objectives of the school. The focus of parental involvement in this model is mainly on curriculum and instruction within schools. An example of an area of the curriculum for which this approach has been widely used is multicultural education. Parents from various ethnic, religious and cultural groups have been able to collaborate with teachers in order to develop and implement curricula which accurately reflect the history, values and views of the groups which they represent.

They are able to collaborate with teachers by reinforcing classroom programmes at home, such as in home-school reading programmes (Topping, 1995). However, some parents, at some times, are not able to carry out work at home with their children. This can be very frustrating for teachers since they realize that collaboration between home and school results in children making greater progress, so that children whose parents do not work closely with them are likely to develop more slowly. However, I have come to believe that teachers have to accept that some parents at some points in time are simply not able to collaborate in this way.

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