ERIC Number: ED245018
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug-19
Reference Count: 0
The Factors Hindering Indochinese Parent Participation in School Activities.
Tran, Xuan Canh
Indochinese parents and the Indochinese community tend to avoid participation in school activities and in the process of making decisions for their children's education. Interviews of English-speaking Indochinese community leaders and parents in San Diego, California, found the following factors contributing to this situation: (1) the democratic process of sharing in decision-making is contrary to the parents' cultural expectations; they believe that the schools have the expertise and the right to make decisions and it is not necessary for parents to share the responsibility; (2) the parents, coming from poor countries with poor facilities do not see that American schools are not equally staffed and equipped and that children are not treated equally; (3) the parents do not understand that their children have problems caused by language barriers and cultural differences; (4) most parents do not understand their legal rights with regard to their children's education; (5) parents do not understand the American educational system and simply do not realize "what is really going on" with their children's education; (6) parents do not have the experience to take an active role in the parent advisory councils; and (7) parents lack time and means of transportation. Besides the interview findings, the paper includes a literature review on community/parent involvement (mostly about the Hispanic experience) and information on the social and educational characteristics of Indochinese groups in the San Diego area. (CMG)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Diego State Univ., CA. Inst. for Cultural Pluralism.
Note: A publication of the Bilingual Education Service Center.