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Home and school; Parent-teacher relationships; Parents' and teachers' associations;


This paper discusses the importance of parental involvement in a child's education. It examines the barriers that occur which prevent communication from taking place between parents and teachers. Effective communication strategies are presented to foster genuine interaction between families and schools. This paper explores the following question: How do effective middle school teachers create and maintain a positive working relationship with parents.

The purpose of this study is to: 1) research current literature to find different communication techniques being used by teachers, with an emphasis at the middle school level, and determine why parents and teachers communicate less often as students get older, 2) discuss teacher-parent communication methods used in a parochial school classroom in a rural community over a two-year period, and 3) survey parents of students in a rural parochial school to elicit their feedback in regard to what has been done over the past two years.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Mary J. Selke


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