Academic journal article School Community Journal

Executive Editor's Comments

Academic journal article School Community Journal

Executive Editor's Comments

Article excerpt

A year ago, The School Community Journal put out a call for papers to address four questions posed by a group of researchers at the 2005 annual convention of the American Educational Research Association. In response, we received a fine survey of the research on family-community involvement in schooling by Diana Hiatt-Michael that is anchored in a sufficiently long view of history to grant us proper perspective. The article is a great elaboration on the themes we intended to strike in our essay a year ago, but also takes a more structural and institutional approach. Hiatt-Michael opens for our examination the basic questions of the purpose of schooling in society and the relationship of the school to the community it serves. She writes of teacher preparation, credentialing of administrators, role perspectives of teachers and parents, and the concept of the community school. She outlines her own recommendations for research in the field of family-school-community partnerships.

The other articles in this issue nibble at the essential questions posed at AERA a year ago. …

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