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      School and Student Families’ Communication Techniques and Relevant Practices in a Social Pedagogical Context: Primary School Principals’ Views in Greece during the Economic Crisis

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          The current paper researches and discusses primary school principals’ views in Greece, regarding the school and student families’ communication techniques and relevant practices during the economic crisis, based on the comparison of research findings with corresponding findings from international research. More specifically, it measures the extent to which the principals use communication techniques and practices to communicate with the students’ parents, as well as the usage rate of ways to approach active parents, parents who avoid contact with the school, parents who would like more involvement with the school. Moreover, it contemplates how principals’ views differentiate depending on their gender, their overall experience in their duties, their experience in their current position, as well as their school’s level of communication with the students’ parents. The study included 80 participating principals, who served in primary schools of Cyclades (an island group in the Aegean Sea) during the first semester of 2011. The results show that, apart from gender, all the above factors differentiate the principals’ views regarding the usage rate of the school’s communication techniques and practices with the parents. The findings also depict the frame and the communication limits, which the principals in Greece seek to achieve with the students’ parents.

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                International Journal of Social Pedagogy
                UCL Press (UK )
                1 January 2015
                : 4
                : 1
                : 117-136
                National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
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                Correspondence to: Th. Babalis, Pedagogical Faculty of Primary Education, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 13A Navarinou str., 106 80 Athens, Greece. E-mail: tbabalis@

                * Thomas Babalis is Associate Professor in the Pedagogical Faculty of Primary Education of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Since 2011 he has been the director of the Scientific Supervisory Board of the pilot experimental school ‘Marasleios’. His research interests focus on classroom psychosociology, school pedagogy, teaching methodology, socialization of the child in the school environment and communication between school and families. He has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals and has written many chapters in edited volumes.

                Foteini Kirkigianni is currently Headmaster of a primary school. She holds an MA in School Units Administration and Organization from the School of Humanities, University of the Aegean. She is a PhD candidate at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her research interests focus on issues related to school pedagogy and school units’ organization and administration, poverty and social exclusion.

                Konstantina Tsoli is currently a teacher in elementary education. She holds an MEd in Applied Pedagogy (Educational Sciences Sector) and a PhD (scholar from the State Scholarship Foundation) from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her research interests focus on issues related to social and emotional learning, school climate and teaching methodology.

                Copyright © 2015 The Author(s). [Special issue title, Social Pedagogy in Times of Crisis in Greece]

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