ERIC Number: ED382325
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-10
Reference Count: N/A
Voice-Based Technology for Parent Involvement: Results and Effects.
Bauch, Jerold P.
A study was conducted to implement and evaluate the Transparent School Model for improving parent involvement in nine Indiana schools. The Model uses computer-based voice messaging to exchange information between teachers and parents. Teachers record a brief message for parents that describes what was taught, special learning events, homework assignments, and other vital information. Parents can call and hear the message at any time from any phone. Teachers can also record messages for parents that will be stored in the computer system and automatically delivered by phone to the students' homes. These "outcalls" are used to send home good news, for organizational and emergency notification, attendance monitoring, and so on. As part of the project, the daily frequency of parent calls to each teacher's mailbox was accumulated by week, month, and year. Survey and questionnaire data were collected from about 250 teachers and 500 parents. Student achievement data from two project schools and two control schools were also analyzed. Results indicated that the project schools that showed high fidelity to the model and had higher levels of teacher and parent participation showed positive effects in parent attitudes, higher levels of parent-teacher interaction, and significant improvement in math and reading scores. There was also a direct relationship between teacher use of the technology and the frequency of parent-initiated contacts. (Author/HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: George Peabody Coll. for Teachers, Nashville, TN. Betty Phillips Center for Parenthood Education.
Identifiers: Indiana; Voice Mail
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Nashville, TN, November 10, 1994).