School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Preparing Educators and Improving Schools (Paperback)

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School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Preparing Educators and Improving Schools (Paperback)


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School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Preparing Educators and Improving Schools addresses a fundamental question in education today: How will colleges and universities prepare future teachers, administrators, counselors, and other education professionals to conduct effective programs of family and community involvement that contribute to students' success in school?

The work of Joyce L. Epstein has advanced theories, research, policies, and practices of family and community involvement in elementary, middle, and high schools, districts, and states nationwide. In this second edition, she shows that there are new and better ways to organize programs of family and community involvement as essential components of district leadership and school improvement.


  • A framework for helping rising educators to develop comprehensive, goal-linked programs of school, family, andcommunity partnerships.
  • A clear discussion of the theory of overlapping spheres of influence, which asserts that schools, families, and communitiesshare responsibility for student success in school.
  • A historic overview and exploration of research on the nature and effects of parent involvement.
  • Methods for applying the theory, framework, and research on partnerships in college course assignments, classdiscussions, projects and activities, and fi eld experiences.
  • Examples that show how research-based approaches improve policies on partnerships, district leadership, andschool programs of family and community involvement.

Definitive and engaging, School, Family, and Community Partnerships can be used as a main or supplementary text in courses on foundations of education methods of teaching, educational administration, family and community relations, contemporary issues in education, sociology of education, sociology of the family, school psychology, social work, education policy, and other courses that prepare professionals to work in schools and with families and students.

Joyce Epstein (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
Product Details ISBN: 9780813344478
ISBN-10: 0813344476
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: November 2nd, 2010
Pages: 656
Language: English

Provides a firm foundation for the challenge inherent in implementing the complex process of school, family, and community interaction.”
Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk

”Offers educators a framework for thinking about, talking about, and actually building comprehensive programs for school and family partnerships.”
Hispanic Outlook

”The strengths of this book are: 1) its extensive research on parents and their perceptions of school involvement; teacher perception and understanding of parent involvement; and students’ thinking about family involvement, 2) its combination of research and application, and policy initiatives in one text, 3) the clear, matter-of-fact writing style, which draws the reader into the work, and 4) the detailed history of the theories and practices of the family-school relationship in children’s learning.”
Teachers College Record

”Well-organized and contains activities based on theory and research that all school leaders can really put into practice.”
NASSP Bulletin

Epstein has her hand on one of the most crucial levers for improving our educational system. The definitive sourcebook for teachers and scholars.”
Kevin Ryan, Boston University