ERIC Number: ED180119
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Parental Involvement Programs: Research and Practice.
Weibly, Gary W.
Educational research cited in this paper suggests that the involvement of low socioeconomic status (SES) parents in the educational process has a positive influence on their children's academic achievement. At the preschool level, programs in which parents were instructed in ways to promote their children's intellectual development were found to be particularly successful in producing long-term improvements in student achievement. In some cases, parents working as paraprofessionals in the school or as advisors for preschool programs produced student achievement gains. At the elementary level, the limited research available indicates that parents serving as tutors for their children can improve achievement. The success of parental involvement programs may be endangered by many obstacles. Included among these are incomplete program implementation, parental attitudes about serving as an educator, disinterest or discouragement, and negative attitudes toward the program. These obstacles, although troublesome, can be effectively overcome. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 8-12, 1979)