ERIC Number: ED220448
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of Educators Regarding Parent Involvement in Education: Implications for Teacher Training.
Williams, David L., Jr.; Stallworth, John T.
A study of the relationship of parent involvement to teacher education was conducted in response to increasing emphasis upon parent participation in elementary schools. To determine whether training for prospective teachers should be broadened to reflect this increase in parent participation, teacher educators, teachers, and principals were asked to give their opinions about parent involvement. A sample of 980 teacher educators, 1,500 elementary school principals, and 1,983 elementary school teachers participated in the study. Participants responded to a Parent Involvement Questionnaire, designed to ascertain attitudes toward working with parents, parent involvement in education, current practices relevant to parent involvement, opinions about whether teachers should receive training to work with parents, and experiences which might be helpful in this type of training. A general consensus appeared among the participants regarding the desirability of having parents become more involved in education. Parents were seen as cooperative, concerned, and competent partners in the educational process. However, teachers and principals expressed a clear preference for specific types of desirable parent involvement. They strongly supported parents being more involved with helping children with school work and becoming more active in support roles for school activities. They did not favor parents becoming involved in curriculum and instruction or in administrative decision making. The consensus across all three groups seemed to be that teachers should be trained to work with parents. There was, however, strong support for making such training elective and also for providing such training as inservice education for teachers. (JD)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Educational Responsibility, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Higher Education, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Principals, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Educators
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 20, 1982).