Academic journal article School Community Journal

Editor's Comments

Academic journal article School Community Journal

Editor's Comments

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We begin this issue with a survey of the state of home-school relations in the island nation of Cyprus. Loizos Symeou discovered that currently the connections there are fairly weak, but there is interest on the part of teachers and parents in working to strengthen their ties. He also discovered a number of relevant variables that will be valuable as they try to establish effective programs to accomplish such change. Symeou might do well to examine our third article, particularly Fred Ramirez's thoughts on positive communication between school and home and the value of home visits. Ramirez offers these thoughts in the context of attitudes portrayed by cartoons in educational journals, and by association, among teacher educators at the college and post-graduate levels. The cartoons are fun, even though the subject matter is quite serious. A little further into the issue, Audrey Wright and Cheri Heeren look at another aspect of higher education, by examining the use of case studies to help students from a variety of disciplines to begin to think about the value and means of collaboration. It seems they have found an excellent tool to help aspiring professionals consider, before their careers even begin, the necessity of treating people holistically via cooperation among schools, health departments, and other community agencies.

In our second article, Michael Karcher and his colleagues offer a report on a developmental mentoring program in which teens serve as mentors to children transitioning into middle school. While their findings on academic achievement are somewhat limited, they make an excellent point that any mentoring program's goals for developmental and academic outcomes are interdependent- a package deal that benefits participants in complex and wonderful ways. …

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