ERIC Number: ED237500
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Effects on Parents of Teacher Practices of Parent Involvement. Report No. 346.
Epstein, Joyce L.
A survey of parents of 1269 students in 82 first, third, and fifth grade classrooms in Maryland was conducted to investigate the effects (on parents) of parent involvement techniques (used by teachers) for learning activities at home. Some of the teachers were recognized by their principal for their leadership in the use of parent involvement, while other teachers frequently used parent involvement, and some used few, if any, parent involvement techniques. Survey results indicate that parents have generally positive attitudes about their child's school and teacher. However, many parents receive few or no communications from the school, few are involved at the school, and most believe that schools could do more to involve parents in home learning activities. It was also found that teacher-leaders used parent involvement practices more often and more equitably with parents of all educational levels. Parents of children with teachers who frequently use home learning activities are more aware of teachers' efforts, receive more ideas from teachers, know more about their child's instructional program, and rate the teacher higher in interpersonal skills and overall teaching quality. Other types of parent involvement, such as routine communications from the school or parent involvement at the school, do not have as strong or consistent effects on parents. (Author/CJB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for Social Organization of Schools.