Date of Award
Action Research Project
Master of Arts in Education
Montessori Early Childhood, Montessori Elementary Education, Elementary Education
This action research was conducted with the parents of a private Montessori preschool kindergarten class. The study implemented the use of Montessori Compass software and measured its effectiveness to improve parent-teacher communication. The use of messaging, daily activity reports, and photo albums were implemented within the Montessori Compass classroom management software. The study compared the response times between when the information was sent and accessed by traditional email, messaging, and daily activity reports. Other traditional methods of communication such as person interactions, phone conversation, and paper transmission were studied and compared. Survey responses provided feedback on the effectiveness of the different forms of communication prior to the study and after the study. The common theme that emerged from the research was that communication must be convenient and viewed across various devices. The result shows the positive impact of the use of Montessori Compass as an effective parent-teacher communication tool. Increased communication of the children’s daily activities through Montessori Compass software helped to increase parents’ feelings of connectedness with their young children. Additionally, the positive impact of the increased effective communication could benefit the students, the parents, the teacher, the school, and the community.
Ellis, Michelle L.. (2015). The Efficacy of Classroom Management Software on Parent-Teacher Communication. Retrieved from Sophia, the St. Catherine University repository website: https://sophia.stkate.edu/maed/110