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Building School and Community Partnerships Through Parent Involvement

reviewed by Robert L. Crowson - 2001

coverTitle: Building School and Community Partnerships Through Parent Involvement
Author(s): Kay Wright Springate and Dolores A. Stegelin
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs
ISBN: 013520545X, Pages: 339, Year: 1999
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At the conclusion of a long career in rural education, David J. Malcolm wrote a series of full-of-advice letters to his daughter. His daughter was just entering the teaching profession at that time (early in the twentieth century). Later, in 1927, Malcolm’s collected letters to his daughter were published. Many of the letters addressed interactions with parents and the community. These ranged from just what to do to get folks together around schoolhouse issues, to how to advise parents on matters of their children’s education (including meals, playtime, homework, and even table manners), to just what are the teacher’s rights and responsibilities vis-à-vis parents and the community. It was not David Malcolm’s message, however, that captured the educational profession through much of the remainder of the twentieth century. Much more attention, over time, has been given to the warnings of Willard Waller (1932)—who instead urged that a clear distinction must be established between school and not-school; and there must be a decided distancing of the professional educator from... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 103 Number 1, 2001, p. 87-89
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10569, Date Accessed: 7/24/2021 9:07:08 AM

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  • Robert Crowson
    Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
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    Robert L. Crowson is a Professor of School Administration at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. Selected publications include: The Politics of Education and the New Institutionalism: Reinventing the American School (The 1995 Yearbook of the Politics of Education Association) (Falmer Press) and Managing Uncertainty: Administrative Theory and Practice in Education.
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