Developing Caring Relationships Among Parents, Children, Schools, and Communities
- Dana McDermott - DePaul University, USA
"This text provides a fresh look at an important topic—teachers and families working collaboratively. A strong blend of research and practical application is presented."
—Beth Nason Quick, Tennessee State University
"I was captivated by an innovative and a gentle, humanistic approach to viewing families and working with parents in parenting education."
—Gloria Wenze, University of Scranton
"A synthesis of theory, research, and practice couched in a very readable text... a provocative examination of teacher and parent relationships that holds the promise of a better future for the next generation of educators and parents. This book should fan the flames of professional reflection and professional practice."
—William McInerney, University of Toledo
Developing Caring Relationships Among Parents, Children, Schools, and Communities looks at parent-professional-child relations very differently than other books in this area. Author Dana McDermott focuses on parents and teachers as adult learners who should be growing and learning along with the children in their care. Accessibly written, the book synthesizes the latest theories and research on parent-and adult-child relations and on adult learning and development, focusing on a dynamic process rather than a static role and, on all the social-contextual factors affecting parents, teachers, and children.
- Focuses on parents and teachers as adult learners: This will supplement traditional books on family involvement or parent child relations which rarely drill down to understand parents as anything more than a conduit to a child's development.
- Emphasizes the dynamic process of parenting and teaching: The author provides a useful tool, or a caring decision-making process, for parents, children, and professionals to think through any issues they face so that everyone's needs are considered in any interaction.
- Provides a theory to practice model to support parents, families, and teachers: This book lays out a theory of what parents and teachers need to care for children and themselves and then shows how to put these theories into practice in preK—12 schools.
- Uses narratives to demonstrate applications of theory and research: The latest theories and research are woven into stories from the voices of parents, teachers, and children.
- Explores research from diverse cultures: The book looks at many schools around the world and from various socioeconomic backgrounds to identify their common and differentiated concerns.
- Includes additional web resources: Questionnaires, workshops, newsletters, model development information, resource material and other exemplary projects/resource sites can be found in the appendices located at www.sagepub.com/mcdermottappendices
This supplemental text is designed for undergraduate and graduate courses such as Parents/Home-School Relations in Early Childhood and Elementary Education; Parenting; and School and Community Relations in departments of education, psychology, family studies, health sciences, and social work.
"Long-time family educator Dana McDermott has written a volume with a large arc that deserves attention by all working with families. Published as a textbook, its readership should go beyond students to educators, administrators, social workers, and many others that are part of the caring circles for parents and children. The book is conversational. It utilizes a theory to practice model so that readers can read and explore the inextricable links between developmental wisdom and best practice with families. She is contextual in her viewpoint, exploring the many demands on parents AND on those that serve them. Respect for self and others jumps from the pages. This volume should sit along side the best of our books on group leadership, parent child communication, your favorite “arenting”book, resiliency materials and related books. If so, you will be picking this one off the shelf regularly to enhance your perspectives and your work."
This text is for a graduate course and I chose it because it delves deeper into the theory and practicalities of developing partnerships with families.
Excellent resource for students who are learning about the importance of working with the wider school community.
Not only is this book written in a excellent way it is also a practical fantastic resource. Another fantastic book that will allow us to get the students prepared for their placements.
A WELL FORMATTED TEXT FOR STUDENTS WORKING WITH PARENTS IN SCHOOL SETTINGS AND THE COMMUNITY.
subjects were not directly related to course goals
Easy to read and sectioned for ease of use by students.
some key chapters to support the module building effective relationships with children and young people
This book gives a great insight into the multi disciplinary approach. It will be recommended as a useful tool particularly when covering this topic.
Very easy read... I think students will actually read this text!
Sample Materials & Chapters
A1: the Parent - Teacher Role Checklist
A2: Getting to Know Our Parents
B1: Parents as Adult Learners Workshop - Deconstructing Parent Involvement
B2: "You Can't Sit at My Table" Workshop - Scenarios
B3: Advocacy in Schools and Communities Workshop
C2: Resiliency Notes for Professionals
C3: Communication Newsletter - Enhancing Effective Communication in Home, School
C4: Friendship Newsletter - Some Thoughts on Friendship
C6: Parenting for Prevention Newsletter
D1: Parent Education Initiative
D3: Validity Study - Use of Concurrent Validity in Parental Needs Assessment
E4: What Is Excellence? An Example of a Joint Parent-Teacher-Staff Inquiry
E5: Thinking Skills in Parenting
E6: Parenting Education and Character Development
Table of Contents for McDermott Appendices
1. Understanding Parent Involvement and Engagement in Schools Today
3. Understanding the Elements of Parenting and Caring
5. Understanding Culturally Diverse Parents and Teachers