ERIC Number: ED146276
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
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Black Mothers in Urban Schools: A Study of Participation and Alienation.
Winters, Wilda G.
This dissertation explores the participation of 160 black mothers in the educational sector to determine if urban mothers who are active participants in their children's schools feel less alienated than mothers who are less active or inactive. Alienation was measured in terms of three components: subjective alienation, the degree of school activity and perception of school. School activity is explored and assessed. Mothers interviewed were from two urban elementary schools, an experimental school with a program of extensive parent participation and a control school with some parent activities which served as a low-intensity contrast. In accord with a participatory ethos, a methodology which engaged parents as urban educational consumers in the design and data gathering process was demonstrated. Results of the study showed that a highly significant association exists between mothers who have been active participants in their school and low alienation. Also, participation in school life is a more powerful influence on feelings of alienation than a number of socio-demographic factors. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Alienation, Black Mothers, Blacks, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Participant Characteristics, Participation, Urban Schools
University Microfilms, Dissertation Copies, P.O. Box 1764, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106 (Order No. 76-14,574)
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