ERIC Number: ED364369
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct-14
Reference Count: N/A
Action Research in Family-School-Community Partnerships: The Experience of One Rural Elementary School.
In 1991, eight schools received funding to carry out a 3-year locally designed family and community involvement project. This multisite collaborative action-research project aims to identify school policies and practices that obstruct or advance effective family-school-community partnerships. Data gathering and analysis are being carried out at two levels: in each school by a parent-teacher action research team and trained on-site facilitator; and by central research staff in Boston. Brief descriptions profile the eight schools and their projects. The experiences at Atenville Elementary School in Harts, West Virginia, illustrate the path followed by the various projects. Steps included: (1) defining goals and objectives; (2) moving beyond representation to meaningful participation by parents and teachers; (3) identifying new resources to meet expanding program needs; (4) moving from action to reflection; and (5) identifying remaining obstacles. Early outcomes suggest that action research can be adapted to diverse settings, can help schools identify important barriers to collaboration between parents and teachers, and can help schools identify unmet needs of children and parents. Action research schools are making decisions about parent and community involvement based on their own evidence of what works, and are moving toward coordinated and creative use of federal, state, and local funds. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Responsive Education, Boston, MA.; Center on Families, Communities, Schools, and Children's Learning.
Identifiers: Collaborative Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Rural Education Association (85th, Burlington, VT, October 14, 1993).