ERIC Number: ED167668
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May-23
Reference Count: 0
Developing Parent Participation Programs in Schools.
Schraft, Carol M.
There are three ways parents can be involved in school life: (1) parent change programs; (2) school change approach; and (3) parent organizations. The problem with parent change programs is that they operate on the naive assumption that children's problems are the result of their parents' inadequacies. They imply that the parent, rather than the school needs to be changed. The school change approach also presents problems. While many schools have provisions for parent participation in some aspect of governance or policymaking, systematic education about developing strategies of influence and power is rarely provided. Parent participation in organizations such as Title I mandated Parent Advisory Councils have not been too successful either. Such organizations are often marked by characteristics that keep parent participation at low levels. The Yale Child Study Center's school intervention program, however, has been successful in increasing parent participation in collaboration with a school development program at Martin Luther King School in New Haven. Some of the strategies employed at the King school, which serves a low income black community, included the development of a parent-staff organization, a parent stipend program, and providing parents with a major voice in school policy and decision making. (EB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Yale Child Study Center CT
Note: Paper presented at the New York State Social Work Conference (May 23, l978)