ERIC Number: ED257569
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Parent Involvement Research: A Field in Search of Itself. IRE Report No. 8.
Kagan, Sharon L.
The purpose of this essay is to assess the state of the art of parent involvement research and to discuss the accomplishments of and the challenges before the field. Instead of presenting a comprehensive review of the literature, this essay uses examples from empirical research and qualitative investigations to fortify the perspectives presented. The discussion of specific research lessons and problems is preceded by a brief review of the context for parent involvement research. Then, four "legacies" of previous efforts to bring together parents and schools, legacies with implications for parent involvement, are discussed: (1) separation; (2) disequilibrium; (3) ambiguity; and (4) individuality. The relationship of each legacy to parent involvement research is also discussed. Particular attention is given to studies about the process, models, and effects of parent involvement. Effects are reported that concern the areas of cognitive and non-cognitive development, school programs and the climate for learning, parents, teachers, and the community. Concluding comments focus on methodological issues and implications for educational practice and policy formation. (RH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Responsive Education, Boston, MA.