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The Family-School Connection
Theory, Research, and Practice

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May 1995 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Currently, only about 50% of American youths live in traditional two-parent, first-marriage families. This fact, combined with often bleak economic and social realities, creates the backdrop of interactions between families, children, and schools are examined in this probing volume. Answering a need for evaluative research in this area of increasing public interest, the contributors build a model for evaluation, focusing on the dynamics of family-school connections. How is school achievement influenced by parent-child interactions and the family environment? How do school, family, community, and peer-group connections affect early adolescents? What is the family's role in the success of learning-disabled youth or in school truancy? What effect does parental discord and divorce have on a child's learning? These questions, as well as proposals for intervention and prevention, create the crux of this book designed to inform and motivate readers to respond to one of our country's most fundamental social concerns. Vital reading for everyone who wants to better understand child-school-community interaction, this book especially warrants reading by students, researchers, and other professionals in developmental psychology, family studies, psychology, and social work. "The book should be read by professionals who have contact with schools as part of their brief; by those educators who train the new generation of social workers, psychologists, and teachers; and by researchers who seek to understand the tapestry of social influences on children's development. The book is worth buying alone for the fruits of great scholarship evident in the extensive lists of up-to-date references at the end of each chapter, and in a superb appendix that offers a tour de force of a 19-page bibliography on the topic." --Child and Family Social Work

Thomas P Gullotta
Series Editor's Introduction
It Is in Our Best Interest

 
 
PART ONE: PROCESSES
Bruce A Ryan and Gerald R Adams
The Family-School Relationships Model
Ellen S Amatea and Peter A D Sherrard
Inquiring into Children's Social Worlds
A Choice of Lenses

 
Diane Scott-Jones
Parent-Child Interactions and School Achievement
Joyce L Epstein and Seyong Lee
National Patterns of School and Family Connections in the Middle Grades
Jay D Teachman, Randal D Day and Karen Price Carver
The Impact of Family Environment on Educational Attainment
Do Families Make a Difference?

 
 
PART TWO: ISSUES
Robert-Jay Green
High Achievement, Underachievement and Learning Disabilities
A Family Systems Model

 
Rex Forehand, Lisa Armistead and Karla Klein
Children's School Performance
The Roles of Interparental Conflict and Divorce

 
Jane Corville-Smith
Truancy, Family Processes, and Interventions
Robert W Plant and Patricia A King
The Family Resource Center
A Community-Based System of Family Support Services

 
Annette U Rickel and Evvie Becker-Lausen
Intergenerational Influences on Child Outcomes
Implications for Prevention and Intervention

 

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