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This paper addresses five issues in consideration of family contributions to teachers' work and students' success. The five issues include change, partnerships, students' learning, value systems, and international networking. A review of studies and programs illustrates implications for policy and practice for teachers' professional development. Teachers are urged to have a proactive view of change and the influence of change on education, to study and initiate partnerships which enhance students' learning, to clarify parental contributions to students' learning and to share intellectual authority, to learn what values are held by parents and students and publicize the values underpinning curriculum, and to be catalysts for networking which keeps them abreast of educational advancement. (Contains 34 references.) (JDD)

Descriptors: Case Studies, Cooperation, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Involvement, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Networks, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Professional Development, Values

Author: McGilp, E. Jacqueline; Michael, Maureen


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