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AUTHORS: Gestwicki, Carol - ©2010
HOME, SCHOOL, AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS: A GUIDE TO WORKING WITH FAMILIES, 7th Edition, is a comprehensive textbook designed to meet the needs of future and practicing teachers across all grade levels who are trying to create effective partnerships with families. It provides an overview of modern families and their complex roles to sensitize teachers to the diversity and needs of families they will encounter. The text fully discusses both the benefits of creating productive partnerships and the barriers beyond which teachers must work. Practical and effective communication strategies are described, with abundant examples. Emphasis is placed on current developments in the field of early childhood education, legislative mandates in education, and position statements from professional organizations. A discussion of No Child Left Behind and updated NAEYC Code of Ethics accreditation standards for programs and for teacher education supports this emphasis. Special features of the text include opportunities for student reflection on attitudes and implications for working with families; Student Activities for Further Study, which are designed to provide interesting activities and questions to apply to chapter material; scenarios, dialogs, and examples to illustrate all key principles and discussions; and extensive end-of-chapter review material including case studies, review questions, suggestions for further reading, references, and helpful websites.
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