ERIC Number: ED294939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr-8
Reference Count: 0
Poor Families and Schools: An Exploratory Study of the Perspectives of Low-Income Parents and Teachers in Boston, Liverpool, and Portugal.
This cross-cultural study of social class and parent involvement in schools brings together data from Boston, Massachusetts, Liverpool, England, and Portugal. Interviews conducted with 350 teachers and low income parents sought to understand the nature and extent of the contacts between schools and families. The perspective was that children grow up in a web of institutions and that children are better served when there are positive connections among all parts. Literature concerning parent involvement in various social classes is reviewed. The findings are the following: (1) few families of low socioeconomic status have much contact with the schools; (2) when they do have contact their communications with the schools are primarily negative; (3) the view of many teachers is that families should follow a middle class model of contact; (4) school personnel appear to think of low income families as deficient; (5) school personnel think of parents as hard-to-reach or apathetic; (6) many low income parents have low assessments of themselves; (7) in all three countries parents expressed strong interest in their children's education; (8) many of the parents said they were satisfied with the schools; (9) cross cultural differences were found in how parents help their children with school work at home; and (10) school personnel had little interest in helping to overcome the inequities experienced by low income families. A list of references is provided. (VM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Responsive Education, Boston, MA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).