Nelson Higher Education

Higher Education

Home, School, and Community Relations, 9th Edition

  • Carol Gestwicki
  • ISBN-10: 1305089014
  • ISBN-13: 9781305089013
  • 496 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2010, 2007
  • COPYRIGHT: 2016 Published
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About the Product

This practical, comprehensive text is an indispensable guide for home-school-community collaborations. HOME, SCHOOL, & COMMUNITY RELATIONS, 9th Edition, meets the needs of teachers and administrators who desire to create effective, culturally-competent partnerships with diverse families, and helps to prepare future teachers for their careers. It provides an overview of modern families and their complex roles and beliefs to sensitize teachers to the diversity and needs of families they will encounter, including multilingual, multiethnic, multigenerational, and gender-diverse families from different socioeconomic backgrounds. The text fully discusses both the benefits of creating productive partnerships and the barriers that teachers must overcome. Abundant examples clarify the book's practical and effective communication strategies. Current developments in the field of early childhood education are emphasized, including brain research and development, legislative mandates in education, professional standards of the field, and strategies for working with families of students with diverse learning needs.


  • The book provides guidance for readers of all levels, from beginning students to experienced professionals.

  • The book presents strong coverage of diversity topics, in part through Cultural Consideration features that present practical guidelines for working respectfully with families of diverse backgrounds and beliefs, including multilingual, multiethnic, multigenerational, and gender-diverse families.

  • Ideas for Teachers are boxes (many of them Digital Downloads) that contain practical considerations and concrete tips for students and professionals.

  • A list identifies books (for both children and adults) that are appropriate for important issues, such as family diversity, divorce and stepparenting, living with children with special needs, child abuse, and adoption.

  • An exercise titled Apply the Concepts: Case in Point, encourages the application of particular concepts to classroom practice and teacher experience. Questions may be used for individual thought and group discussion. In addition, most chapters include realistic scenarios that illustrate interaction and attitudes of teachers and parents.

  • Each chapter's Student Activities for Further Study provide interesting activities and questions that allow students to apply what they have learned.


"Great coverage of topics, supporting research, and helpful examples/scenarios."
— Glenda Boone, North Greenville University

About the Author

Carol Gestwicki

Carol Gestwicki was an instructor in the early childhood education program at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, for over 30 years. Her teaching responsibilities have included supervising students in classroom situations as they work with families. Earlier in her career, she worked with children and families in a variety of community agencies and schools in Toronto, New York, New Jersey, and Namibia (South West Africa). She received her MA from Drew University. She has been an active member of the NAEYC for many years, including making numerous presentations at state and national conferences. She has been a Fellow in the Early Childhood Leadership Development Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she has been associated with the T.E.A.C.H. Model/Mentor program. Her other publications include more than two dozen articles about child development and family issues and scripts and design for 14 audiovisual instructional programs. She has three other books on topics in early education published by Delmar Learning: Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Curriculum and Development in Early Education, Fifth edition (2013); Essentials of Early Education (1997); and Authentic Childhood: Exploring Reggio Emilia in the Classroom (2002). Currently, she writes a regular column titled “Grandma Says” for Growing Child.

Table of Contents

1. A Day with Two Families: Diversity of Experience.
2. Families Today.
3. Parenting.
4. What Is Family Involvement?
5. Benefits and Barriers in Teacher-Family Partnerships.
6. Foundations of a Successful Partnership.
7. Good Beginnings with Parents and Children.
8. Informal Communication with Families.
9. Parent-Teacher Conferences.
10. Families in the Classroom.
11. Parent Education.
12. It Takes a Village: Teachers, Families, and Communities.
13. Working with Families from Diverse Backgrounds.
14. Working with Families in Particular Circumstances.
15. Working to Resolve Challenging Attitudes and Behaviors.
Appendix: Home Visits to Families and Children.

New to this edition

  • NEW MindTap for Education is a first-of-its-kind digital solution that prepares teachers by providing them with the knowledge, skills, and competencies they must demonstrate to earn an education degree and state licensure, and to begin a successful career. Through activities based on real-life teaching situations, MindTap elevates students’ thinking by giving them experiences in applying concepts, practicing skills, and evaluating decisions, guiding them to become reflective educators.
  • NEW Colorful Design: This edition is a full-color text with a majority of new photos, new figures, and an appealing design with icons to highlight pedagogical features.
  • NEW Learning Objectives: correlated to the main sections in each chapter show students what they need to know to process and understand the information in the chapter. After completing the chapter, students should be able to demonstrate how they can use and apply their new knowledge and skills.
  • NEW Stronger Coverage of Standards in Each Chapter: A list of standards addressed within the chapter appears after the Learning Objectives, and icons identify standards-related content throughout the book. Standards are presented for both Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs and for the Accreditation of Early Childhood Programs related to work with families as approved by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. All relevant standards are printed inside the text's front and back covers.
  • NEW Digital Downloads: Downloadable and often customizable, these practical and professional resources allow students to immediately implement and apply the textbook's content in the field. Students can download these tools and keep them forever, enabling preservice teachers to begin to build their own library of practical, professional resources. A TeachSource Digital Downloads label identifies these items throughout the text.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1305391802 | ISBN-13: 9781305391802)

An online Instructor's Manual accompanies this book. It contains information to assist the instructor in designing the course, including sample syllabi, discussion questions, teaching and learning activities, field experiences, learning objectives, and additional online resources. For assessment support, the updated test bank includes true/false, multiple-choice, matching, short-answer, and essay questions for each chapter.

Online PowerPoint® Slides  (ISBN-10: 1305500431 | ISBN-13: 9781305500433)

These vibrant Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.

Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305391799 | ISBN-13: 9781305391796)

Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate test bank content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

MindTap Education, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Gestwicki's Home, School, and Community Relations  (ISBN-10: 1305390717 | ISBN-13: 9781305390713)

MINDTAP EDUCATION FOR GESTWICKI'S HOME, SCHOOL, AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS, 9th Edition is a personalized teaching experience with relevant assignments that guide students to analyze, apply, and improve thinking, allowing you to measure skills and outcomes with ease. A highly personalized, fully customizable learning platform, MindTap helps students to elevate thinking by guiding them to: know, remember, and understand concepts critical to becoming a great teacher; apply concepts, create tools, and demonstrate performance and competency in key areas in the course; prepare artifacts for the portfolio and eventual state licensure to launch a successful teaching career; and develop the habits to become a reflective practitioner. As students move through each chapter’s Learning Path, they engage in a scaffolded learning experience designed to move them up Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy from lower- to higher-order thinking skills

Student Supplements

MindTap Education, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Gestwicki's Home, School, and Community Relations  (ISBN-10: 1305390717 | ISBN-13: 9781305390713)

MindTap Education for Gestwicki's Home, School, and Community Relations, 9th Edition provides you with the tools you need to better manage your limited time -- you can complete assignments whenever and wherever you are ready to learn with course material specially customized for you by your instructor and streamlined in one proven, easy-to-use interface. MindTap will guide you to: know, remember, and understand concepts critical to becoming a great teacher; apply concepts, create tools, and demonstrate performance and competency in key areas in the course; prepare artifacts for your portfolio and eventual state licensure as you get ready to launch a successful teaching career; and develop the habits to become a reflective practitioner. Through these activities and an array of tools and apps -- from note taking to flashcards -- you'll get a true understanding of course concepts, helping you to achieve better grades and setting the groundwork for your future courses. Access to this product is valid for 6 months of usage.