Path to Follow Learning to Listen to Parents

ISBN-10: 0325001529

ISBN-13: 9780325001524

Edition: 1999

Authors: Patricia A. Edwards, Heather M. Pleasants, Sarah Franklin

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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 to Follow will be hailed as a detailed and innovative roadmap to involving the whole community in a child's education.
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Book details

List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 3/8/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

� Guofang Li, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Senior Researcher at the Literacy Achievement Research Center at Michigan State University, where she teaches undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral courses in second-language and literacy education. Her research focuses on ESL/ELL education, family and community literacy, and Asian American education. Dr. Li has been honored with the Early Career Award from Division G, Social Context of Education, of the American Educational Research Association, among other awards. Her books include the authored volume Culturally Contested Pedagogy, which won the Edward B. Fry Book Award from the National Reading Conference. � Patricia A. Edwards, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Teacher Education and Senior University Outreach Fellow at Michigan State University, where she is also Senior Researcher at the Literacy Achievement Research Center. Her research addresses issues of culture, identity, equity, and power that affect families and schools. Dr. Edwards is a recipient of the Teacher-Scholar Award and the Distinguished Faculty Award from MSU. She served as the first African American President of the National Reading Conference and is currently President (2010-2011) of the International Reading Association. She is the author of two nationally acclaimed family literacy programs and a number of books.

Introduction
What Are Parent Stories?
M apping the Terrain
A t-Risk Students and Parental Involvement
C ollecting Parent Stories
M aking Sense of Parent Stories
I mplications of Parent Stories Epilogue: Joining Hands on the Path
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