ERIC Number: ED027359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
Some Effects of Parent and Community Participation on Public Education. ERIC-IRCD Urban Disadvantaged Series, Number 3, February 1969.
Lopate, Carol; And Others
This review paper on the current issue of school decentralization points out that it has been consistently demonstrated that participation in the decision making process results in positive changes in both the affective and instrumental behavior of participants. Studies show that parent involvement in the schools enhances children's development and academic achievement. The invidious sense of powerlessness felt by minority group parents and children in dealing with such middle class institutions as the schools would be lessened if they actively participated in the decisions affecting a significant part of their lives. Concomitantly, an improved self concept and greater sense of fate control, leading to changes in the child's aspirations, attitudes, and motivation, would increase academic achievement. Moreover, strengthening the integrity of the neighborhood school and the community would also serve to enhance child development. The minority group child's heightened self worth and sense of control over his destiny (mentioned in the Coleman Report as such an important element in school success) would be encouraged by his awareness of the participation of parents and community groups in effecting changes in educational policy and programs. (NH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.