The language connection between the school and the home: Effectiveness of bilingual communication
This experimental research study summarized the degree of communication between the school and the home. Due to the substantial increase of Hispanic or Latino children in urban Catholic schools in New Jersey, this study investigated the connection between the school and a select group of Spanish-speaking parents and increased attendance and participation at school functions and events. Based on the data obtained, the results demonstrated that negotiation of linguistic differences was essential. In addition, the study indicated that parents participated in school activities, if opportunities for engagement were offered in a language understood by the parents. Recommendations focused on school-driven strategies and parental collaboration that decreased linguistic barriers, and promoted positive forms of communication and partnerships between the two groups.
0514: School administration
0524: Elementary education