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ERIC Number: ED262296
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug-27
Pages: 21
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Parent Involvement in Children's Out-of-School Learning: The MAP-AT-HOME Program.
Weidman, John C.; LeMahieu, Paul
A survey was conducted of 125 parents of elementary and middle school children who participated in a parent involvement program in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. These parents were involved in the MAP (Monitoring Achievement in Pittsburgh)-AT-HOME Program, which focuses on helping parents to reinforce student acquisition of mathematics, reading, and grammar/composition skills. A mailed questionnaire collected data about parents' perceptions of the effectiveness of the training activities, how much they used the materials provided to them, and the frequency of participation with their children in other educational activities. Virtually all respondents reported they used the MAP-AT-HOME materials and found them understandable and easy to use and their children enjoyed them. Respondents were enthusiastic about the contributions the program made both to their children's and to their own learning of math and reading. Most frequently cited activities were talking with children about the school day and helping child with worksheet or workbooks. Three important dimensions of parent involvement in their children's out-of-school learning are identified: helping with homework, using home and community resources, and parent-child verbal interaction. Parent involvement was greatest for children in intermediate grades but it did not vary significantly by parents' educational attainment. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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