Department of Educational Psychology


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Published in Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology (Oxford: Elsevier/Academic Press, 2004), volume 2, pp. 201–208. Copyright © 2004 Elsevier Inc. Used by permission.


Home-school collaboration is a reciprocal dynamic process that occurs between at least one parent (or guardian) and at least one individual within the school system (e.g., educators, administrators, psychologists) who share in decision making regarding mutually determined goals and solutions related to a student for whom all parties share interest and responsibility. Home-school collaboration may occur at three levels: system (i.e., between the home and school settings), school/classroom, and individual. With all participants (e.g., parents, educators) offering their unique roles and contributions, the collaboration process is guided by the primary emphasis on mutually determined academic and behavioral goals serving as the standard for progress toward overall outcomes.