ERIC Number: ED399607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Functions of the Parent Teacher Association and PTA Networking--A Hong Kong Perspective.
After the government established the Home-School Cooperation Committee in 1993, parent involvement in Hong Kong schools has received increased attention. This paper presents findings of a study that examined the attitudes of various groups toward the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) and its role. Specifically, the paper attempts to: (1) provide understanding of the perceptions of the various actors in the school system towards the PTA; (2) discuss the functions of the PTA and to explore its possibilities and limitations with respect to school education; and (3) propose a model to help illustrate and analyze the various PTA functions and networking. Data were derived from a survey of all PTA chairpersons, school supervisors, and principals. Teacher and parent samples were drawn from 99 kindergartens, 112 primary schools, 90 secondary schools, 12 English School Foundations and International Schools, and 13 special schools. Parents, constrained by time, expressed apathetic views about the PTA. Teachers were constrained by heavy workloads; principals in general assigned the PTA as a medium-to-low priority and did not invite parents to participate in school decision making. It is recommended that PTAs improve their home-school communication in order to increase parent involvement and collaborate with schools to develop complementary objectives. A model illustrating the various PTA functions, including networking, is also presented. Eight tables and 3 figures are included. (Contains 38 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hong Kong; Parent Teacher Associations
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).