ERIC Number: ED218787
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Parents and Federal Education Programs. Volume 5: Follow Through. The Study of Parental Involvement.
Smith, Allen G.; Nerenberg, Susan
This fifth volume in a series of seven is part of a larger study of parental involvement in four federal programs in selected school districts across the country. Presented here are the results of an intensive examination of projects funded by the Follow Through program. Site studies of Follow Through projects yielded data on the five ways parents could participate in the programs--through governance, instruction, parent education, school support, and community-school relations. The researchers found that all 16 sites had policy advisory committees, though they were structured differently than those described in the Follow Through regulations. Most of the committees made decisions about parent activities, but few participated significantly in project decisions about student services, budget, or personnel. Parents were widely used as classroom aides and most sites worked to involve parents in teaching their children at home. Few sites had active programs to recruit parents as volunteers, but those that did provided a substantial role for the volunteers. Parent enrichment programs were well developed, offering parents a major role in determining the content of parent education activities. The sites also involved parents in active school support and community relations programs. The report concludes that parents materially affected the quality of education provided to students in Follow Through projects. (Author/WD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: System Development Corp., Santa Monica, CA. Studies and Evaluation Dept.