ERIC Number: ED245842
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec-13
Reference Count: 0
An Approach for Improving Parent Involvement through More Effective School-Home Communications.
Purnell, Richard F.; Gotts, Edward E.
A total of 66 families from one high school and 64 families from another were randomly selected from school records to participate in telephone interviews regarding school/home communications. Families were selected to represent equal numbers of tenth-, eleventh-, and twelfth-grade boys and girls (30 of each sex) from varying urban and rural socioeconomic levels. Fifteen- to 20-minute telephone interviews, composed of structured and open-ended questions, sought to document parents' (1) perceptions of school/home communication practices, (2) reactions to the practices, (3) suggestions for improved practices, and (4) views of what practices might work at the secondary level. Findings indicated that parents reacted positively to receiving two types of information from the schools: newsletters detailing the school's program and extracurricular events and notification that their child was experiencing difficulty or needed assistance. They expressed a desire to help under the latter circumstances but were not highly resourceful regarding kinds of actions to consider. Findings suggested that schools need to provide guidance to parents in helping their children with difficulties at school. (BJD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (New Orleans, LA, December, 1983).