Learn Directly What Families Know and Do

Home Observations

Parent Leaders opened their homes so researchers could observe children at home and learn about the natural STE opportunities and resources that were part of children’s daily lives.

Joint Activities

Joint Activities were a key strategy used to facilitate non-hierarchical and reciprocal exchanges between teachers and parents. Joint Activities were employed at various points throughout the RISE project to create common ground, facilitate a sense of shared responsibility, and inspire STE integration and construction of curriculum that builds on knowledge of children’s cultures and communities.

Parent-Teacher Discussion Groups

In Parent-Teacher Discussion groups, the researchers supported teachers in “giving over the floor” to parents, which over time led to non-hierarchical discussions about culture and context.