Korkmaz, Isa
March 2007
Education;Spring2007, Vol. 127 Issue 3, p389
Academic Journal
Enhancing student learning is a complex process in itself and is related to a variety of factors. This study deals with the three of these factors (i.e., parents, schools, and teachers) based on teachers' perceptions. A short survey composed of three open-ended questions was administered to 148 teachers. The teachers were asked to write their opinions about the roles and responsibilities of parents, schools, and teachers in enhancing student learning. Teachers' opinions for each open-ended question were then ranked from high to low frequencies. According to the results, parents should love, respect, and care about their children, take responsibility in their children's education, take care of their children's basic needs and school needs, have a good communication with the teachers and other staff in school, not put a pressure on their children, provide a good atmosphere for their children to study at home, be aware about what their children do, be a role model for their children, get to know their children's capacity and motivate them based on their interests, and let their children play games and participate in social activities. Schools should have enough physical capacity, provide substantial materials, emphasize athletics and social activities in the school curriculum, have a good communication with parents, provide individualized teaching, democratic atmosphere and active counseling services, demonstrate a success orientation, emphasize social rules, and monitor students' behaviors. Teachers should know, respect, and care about students, use a variety of instructional strategies, be aware of individual differences, motivate students very well, be a role model for them, prepare lesson plans, have good communication skills, use homework effectively, practice fairness, and let students gain responsibility.


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