Open Access Graduate Research Paper
The major aim of the home visit study was to determine the value of a home visit for teachers, parents, and children. The study was conducted before the school year started with the kindergarten teachers making a home visit to 66 of the kindergarten students registered at Washington Elementary School. A prehome visit survey was used to determine what information parents needed, and if parents who have had children attend Washington School before have the same needs as parents new to the school. A post-home visit survey allowed parents to respond to open-ended questions about how they felt about the home visit. Data was also collected to document whether a home visit eased a child's transition to school, and if a home visit had an influence on parental involvement in their child's school. The data show overwhelming support for home visits from both new and familiar parents. Results indicate that home visits are a more comfortable way for families to meet kindergarten teachers than in the school. A home visit is a means of establishing rapport with a child and his or her family, and leaving them with a positive impression of the school and the teacher.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Division of Early Childhood Education
Linda May Fitzgerald
Judith M. Finkelstein
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©1996 Mary K. Nelson
Nelson, Mary K., "Home visits: A step towards educational success" (1996). Graduate Research Papers. 3041.