ERIC Number: ED337278
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
The Parent Principle: Prerequisite for Educational Success. Focus 6.
Carlson, Carol Gordon
This brochure discusses parents' involvement in their children's education. It is maintained that parent involvement in education is one of the most promising movements to have come out of the school reforms of the 1980s. Recent history of parent involvement in American schools; several American educators' ideas about parent involvement; and benefits of parent involvement to parents, teachers and schools are briefly discussed. A section on research discusses the effect of parent support on student motivation and compares parent involvement in Japan to that in the U.S. Two challenges to cooperation between school and family are discussed: (1) teacher resistance; and (2) changes in family structure that make it difficult for parents to participate. Ways in which teachers can encourage parents to become involved in their children's education are detailed. Epstein's (1990) methods for parent involvement in their children's education; Sigel's concerns about Epstein's methods; and principles for school programs that encourage parent involvement are considered. Four parent involvement programs are discussed. A list of 11 references is included. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.