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School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Preparing Educators and Improving Schools

reviewed by Joyce Taylor Gibson & Maury Frieman - 2002

coverTitle: School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Preparing Educators and Improving Schools
Author(s): Joyce L. Epstein
Publisher: Westview Press, Boulder, CO
ISBN: 0813387558, Pages: 620, Year: 2001
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Dr. Joyce Epstein, an educator and researcher at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, has been a leader in examining parent involvement in schools for over twenty-five years. This prolific author has published a wide body of articles on this topic, enabling her to share an unmatched knowledge of family, school and community involvement with a wide audience. Her revolutionary, research-based idea that the adults most responsible for childrenís learning have overlapping spheres of influence in helping children reach their educational goals, has steadily begun to impact the educational communityís resistance to working collaboratively with those outside their area of expertise. The author broadens the scope of family involvement in schools by stressing the reciprocal partnership that she feels must exist between the school, family, and the community in order maximize the educational process. This six hundred and five page book integrates theory, research (mostly the result of survey research), teaching practice, and social policy. It is a comprehensive book directed towards, educators, policy makers, school administrators, and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 913-916
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10816, Date Accessed: 7/29/2021 7:53:31 PM

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  • Joyce Taylor Gibson
    University of Massachusetts-Lowell
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    Joyce Taylor Gibson is an Associate Professor of Education in the Leadership in Schooling Program at the Graduate School of Education, University of Massachusetts Lowell. For the past two years she has also served as the Co-Director of the Center for Family, Work & Community, where she and her colleagues are currently in the third year of a five-year, federally funded program to increase the college attendance of urban youth. Family involvement is one of the key elements of this 4.2 million dollar initiative. Her research interest include: 1) leadership and change in schools and communities, 2) cultural diversity and achievement in urban schools, 3) womenís leadership in K-12 settings.
  • Maury Frieman
    University of Massachusetts-Lowell
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    Maury Frieman is a school psychologist and doctoral student at University of Masschusetts-Lowell. Maury's primary interest is in the fatherís role in helping children in schools, and he has recently written a book chapter on this topic.
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