SIG groups were asked to research a question based on an unexplored interest of ours. My group was concerned with disjointed home-school communication. We asked why the communication is disjointed and how we could improve the communication with computer-based technology. Here is our abstract and our academic poster containing our findings.
Here is my link to my (first-ever) podcast regarding our SIG research abstract.
School communities can fail or thrive based on the relationship between educators and parents: all too often, this relationship breaks down due to a number of measurable factors. This project presents a survey of the articles and case studies that compile these factors and try to make sense of the complexities of school-parent contact. From our research, we identified two key questions: why is parent/teacher communication so disconnected? and how can we improve parent-teacher communication? It is important to note that disconnectedness is key to our discussion: teachers and parents want to communicate, but are distanced by virtue of many problems. The first section of our findings addresses why the disconnect happens in four key areas: race and culture, efficacy, socioeconomic status, and perceptions. The second section presents possible solutions to help the community connect, but instead addresses the players in parent-teacher communication: parents, teachers, students, and tech tools.