ERIC Number: ED253100
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Parent-Client Participation in the Bilingual Education Program in St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands.
Padgett, Carmen H. A.
A study of a St. Croix bilingual education program looked at parent involvement from the program's beginning to the present and at parent recommendations for more meaningful involvement. A random sample of parents representing students at all grade levels was drawn from school records. The parents were surveyed by questionnaire, and interviewed. The questionnaire asked about parent participation in the original needs analysis, knowledge of definite program aims, help in developing and setting up the program, participation in activities (trips, meetings, movies, workshops, and courses), input in the form of advice or opinion about the program, willingness to help further with the program, and comments. The scale provided for responses included these options: very much, much, some, a little, not at all, don't know, and no response. It was found that parents were not participating fully in the program; that a majority of parents had no involvement in the program's needs assessment or original planning; and that although parents had made an important contribution in other program areas, less than half of the total group had participated. It was also found that participation developed favorable attitudes toward the program and toward education in general. Increased efforts toward parent involvement are recommended, including a parent training component, home visits, a bilingual parent handbook, information dissemination through the media, and a variety of parent-oriented activities. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Virgin Islands (Saint Croix)