A Path to Follow: Learning to Listen to Parents by Patricia A. Edwards With Heather M. PleasantsA Path to Follow: Learning to Listen to Parents by Patricia A. Edwards With Heather M. Pleasants

A Path to Follow: Learning to Listen to Parents

byPatricia A. Edwards With Heather M. Pleasants, Sarah H. Franklin, Catherine Snow

Paperback | March 8, 1999

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The diverse and difficult needs of today's children far outstrip the ability of any one institution to meet them. Yet one of the richest resources for understanding a child's early learning experiencesparentsis quite often the most frequently overlooked. "A Path to Follow" suggests that parent "stories" can be a highly effective, collaborative tool for accessing knowledge that may not be obvious, but would obviously be of benefit.

Pat Edwards and her coauthors have here defined "stories" as narratives gained from open-ended conversations and/or interviews, where parents respond to questions designed to shed light on traditional and nontraditional early literacy activities in the home. After all, as a child's first and most important teacher, a parent can offer memories of specific formative interactions, observations on early learning efforts, and thoughts on how their own backgrounds have impacted a child's attitude toward school. In sharing their anecdotes and observations, parents give us the keys to unlock a vault of social, emotional, and educational variables.

The secondary benefit to the story approach, of course, is the empowerment that parents feel when they are given the chance to participate in a personally meaningful wayone that respects their viewpoint. As parents and schools continue to wrestle with prodigious challengesshifting family demographics, time constraints, cultural divides, privacy issues, and of course, economicsstories remain a nonthreatening and practical vehicle for collaboration.

With its step-by-step approach to creating parent story programs, sample questions, case studies, and useful guidelines on collecting and interpreting data, "A Path toFollow" will be hailed as a detailed and innovative roadmap to involving the whole community in a child's education.

Title:A Path to Follow: Learning to Listen to ParentsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.3 inPublished:March 8, 1999Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0325001529

ISBN - 13:9780325001524

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