ERIC Number: ED173480
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr-8
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation into the Absence of Black Parental Involvement in Desegregated Schools.
Alexander, Dorothy L.
This study is concerned with the lack of black parental involvement in a desegregated Dallas elementary school district. Data from questionnaires sent to a sampling of black parents in the school district suggest that blacks residing in desegregated neighborhoods generally maintain a low profile in the affairs of their local schools in order to guard their fragile position within the neighborhood. The information further suggests some specific fears that black parents might have about becoming involved in the affairs of recently desegregated schools. Among them are: (1) fear of white flight; (2) fear of reprisal from white school personnel or white community leaders; (3) fear of their children's misbehavior; (4) fear of embarrassment by their children's lack of academic success; and (5) fear of exposing their own academic weakness. However, a low return rate on the questionnaires and the high rate of neutral responses indicate that the validity of these assumptions are uncertain and that further research is necessary. (Author/EB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)