ERIC Number: ED314220
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Hart County Parent Involvement Project. Preliminary Report of Pre- and Post-Test with AEL's Level of Parent Involvement Questionnaire.
Howley, Craig B.; Coe, Pam
In a demonstration of the Appalachia Educational Laboratory's (AEL's) Community Partnership for School Improvement model, Hart County (Kentucky) community members and school representatives planned and implemented a school improvement project to increase parents' involvement in their children's education. In May 1988, 203 out of 625 questionnaires were completed by randomly selected parents of children in Hart County's six schools. The 30-item questionnaire measured aspects of parent involvement: meeting basic needs, activities at home and school, communications, and involvement in school decision making. Project activities during the 1988-89 school year included a 1-day workshop on parent involvement attended by school staff, 6 school-wide plans, 37 teacher projects aimed at increasing parent involvement, and acquisition of videotapes on parenting for use with parents. A second administration of the questionnaire, completed by 209 of the 625 randomly selected parents at the end of the school year, showed a significant overall increase in parent involvement. The greatest improvement concerned communications by teachers and principals with parents, and involvement by principals of parents in decision making. Scores did not improve in the area of schools helping parents meet their children's basic needs. Although no individual school showed a significant improvement in average total score, 68% of the observed differences in items were in the positive direction. AEL gives three recommendations for building on the success of the 1988-89 project. This report includes nine statistical tables. Appendices contain the instrument used in this study and a revised version for future use. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky