ERIC Number: ED342502
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
The Development and Implementation of a Parent Outreach Program To Increase School Involvement of Fourth Grade Parents.
Weitock, Theresa A.
This practicum aimed to increase parental involvement in an elementary school through the fourth grade. Objectives were that: (1) parental attendance at PTA meetings would increase by 25 percent; (2) the number of parent chaperons per field trip would increase from zero to two; and (3) one parent would help out with classroom activities each week. Parent-teacher workshops were designed to help parents realize their valuable role in their children's education. Workshops for parents, teachers, and children taught parents and children how to work together. Modeling techniques and hands-on activities were used. Attendance data were collected for each session. Checklists, questionnaires, and surveys were used. Outcomes of the practicum were positive. Attendance at PTA meetings and workshops increased considerably. Parents attended field trips and helped in the classroom. Teachers became increasingly involved and encouraged by parents' responses. There was also an increase in parents' and students' self-esteem and in student achievement on SAT scores and other final testing scores. Results demonstrate the importance of parent-teacher cooperation and parent involvement in student achievement, behavior, and self-esteem. Appended are 14 references and related material. (Author/GLR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary School Students, Field Trips, Grade 4, Intermediate Grades, Low Income, Modeling (Psychology), Outreach Programs, Parent Participation, Parent Student Relationship, Parent Teacher Conferences, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Parent Workshops, Self Esteem, Student Behavior
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: ED.D. Practicum, Nova University.