ERIC Number: ED238558
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Study of Teacher Practices of Parent Involvement: Results from Surveys of Teachers and Parents. Summary.
Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for Social Organization of Schools.
To investigate teachers' parent involvement practices and their effect on children, a study of teachers and parents of students in the first, third, and fifth grades was conducted in 82 elementary schools across l6 school districts in Maryland. A total of 36 teachers who strongly emphasized parent involvement in home activities and 46 teachers who did not were surveyed about their attitudes toward, and techniques for, promoting involvement and about factors they perceived as influencing parent participation. Teachers in different school districts emphasized different types of parent involvement. Urban teachers used home learning techniques and conducted more workshops for parents at school. Suburban teachers frequently used parents as classroom volunteers. Rural teachers conducted more home visits. Responding to questionnaires, most parents indicated they were never involved at school; a large percentage of parents did not receive basic, traditional communications from school to home, such as notes, conversations, phone calls, or conferences with teachers. Parents' experience with techniques teachers use to involve parents in learning activities with their children at home was found to vary from frequent interaction with specified learning activities to no involvement. Findings suggest that optimal programs for parents result from teachers' frequent involvement of parents in learning activities at home. (BJD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for Social Organization of Schools.