ERIC Number: ED253327
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Parent Involvement in Education: What a Survey Reveals.
Williams, David L., Jr.
The Parent Involvement in Education Project, a research project sponsored by Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, is based on the tenet that to improve the quality of our public schools, parents and educators must develop a more collaborative relationship. In order to help determine the prospects for bringing about such a relationship, a written questionnaire was mailed to parents, teacher educators, teachers, principals, school superintendents, school board presidents, and state education agency officials in six Southwestern states. Focusing on elementary education, major dimensions of each survey were as follows: (1) general attitudes about parent involvement; (2) parent involvement in school decision making; (3) parent involvement roles; (4) current parent involvement practices; and (5) parent involvement as part of teacher training. Teacher educators, teachers, and principals were asked about the usefulness of parent involvement along these dimensions. Parents were queried about their interest in these aspects of parent involvement. School governance officials were asked about policies and/or technical assistance with respect to such parent involvement. Results were reported in terms of both patterns of responses to questionnaire items and comparisons among groups. It was concluded that parent involvement is acceptable to most parents and educators, but that educators and parents have distinctly different views about certain aspects of parent involvement. (CB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Attitudes, Boards of Education, Decision Making, Elementary Education, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Principals, Questionnaires, Regional Attitudes, State Government, Superintendents, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Educators
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
Identifiers: United States (Southwest)
Note: Paper presented at the National Coalition of Title 1 Chapter I Parents' Annual In-Service Training Conference (11th, Crystal City, VA, October 10-13, 1984).