Academic journal article School Community Journal

Editor's Comments

Academic journal article School Community Journal

Editor's Comments

Article excerpt

We begin this issue with two articles relating to homework. First, Lee Shumow examines whether or not the nature of the homework task assigned affects the quality of the parent-child interaction it generates. Her findings indicate that it does indeed make a difference, and we sincerely hope that teachers and curriculum writers will take note. Second, Xu and Yuan give us an insightful qualitative analysis of the similarities and differences in views on homework from three perspectives: teachers, parents, and middle school students.

Next, we have two articles examining how teachers can better serve the growing Hispanic communities in the United States; each also has potential application to other groups as well. The Bridging Cultures Project described by Trumbull, Rothstein-Fisch, and Hernandez helped inservice teachers rethink and retool by examining the differences between individualism and collectivism as overarching cultural frameworks. Toni Griego Jones suggests that Hispanic parents should be informing preservice teachers to better prepare them to work with student and parent cultures different from their own. We believe these two approaches used together would be powerful and effective for both preservice and inservice teacher training. …

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