ERIC Number: ED206963
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Some Effects of Parent Involvement in Schools.
Herman, Joan L.; Yeh, Jennie P.
Although parent involvement has become a focal concern of American schools, little research has investigated the effects of involving parents in education. Data from the California's Early Childhood Education (ECE) program was analyzed to examine the relationships between various aspects of parent involvement and their effects on parent satisfaction, teacher satisfaction, and student achievement. The principals, teachers, and parents of students in two second-grade and two third-grade classrooms in each ECE school were the subjects for the study. In 72 schools chosen for more intensive study, criterion-referenced reading and mathematics tests were also administered to students. Parent involvement variables investigated the parents' communications with the school, awareness of school operations, participation in school activities, influence in school decision-making, and relationships with teachers. Results indicated that parent involvement in schools was beneficial; the degree of parent interest and participation in school activities was positively related to student achievement. Parents' perceptions of their influence in decision-making and the perceived quality of parent-teacher relationships were positively related to parent satisfaction. A negative relationship was found between the amount of school-home communication and student achievement. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).