ERIC Number: ED310855
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Utilizing the Resources of Parent Volunteers To Increase Parental Involvement in a Fourth Grade Class.
Su, Hui Fang Huang
A fourth-grade teacher, who was employed to provide a special enrichment program to minority children with above-average academic abilities, designed a practicum to increase parent involvement in her classroom. A parent volunteer questionnaire and an activities survey form were developed to determine the level and nature of parent interest. A parent translator provided information about school events to non-English-speaking parents, and encouraged parents to speak in the classroom. Special incentives were used to increase parent participation. Seminars were planned to update program information, and workshops were conducted to advise and guide parents. In addition, parent-teacher conferences were conducted to inform parents and enlist cooperation. Results suggested that the level of parent involvement was increased by: (1) persuading parents to attempt an activity; (2) finding the right activity for parents; (3) using parents in such roles as translator and caller; (4) providing classroom incentives for children who helped to enlist parent volunteers; (5) involving all children in activities; (6) using community resources; (7) holding positive parent-teacher conferences; (8) maintaining nonbiased opinions about parents; and (9) making sure that parents felt needed. Program evaluation data indicated that the intervention had positive results. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Practicum Report, Nova University.