ERIC Number: ED350380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing the School Involvement of Hispanic Parents. ERIC/CUE Digest Number 80.
A review was undertaken of strategies for increasing Hispanic American parental involvement in their children's schools. Despite the continued strong extended family support for child rearing in the Hispanic American community, parent participation in their children's education is quite low. Studies show that many Hispanic Americans regard the educational institution as one in which they can have no influence. School personnel have interpreted a general reserve on the part of Hispanic American parents to mean a lack of interest in education. Other research indicates that the extended Hispanic American family is a possibly important resource for schools seeking the support of their parent community. Examples of school efforts to remove barriers to Hispanic American family participation have included parent training sessions, adult literacy programs, and several programs supported by private Hispanic American organizations. Extensive recommendations culled from the efforts of educators and community groups include easy participation, extra manpower for outreach efforts, gradually increasing involvement for parents, personal efforts to involve parents, home visits, first meeting at a site away from school, and agenda that are developed from the parents' concerns as well as the schools' concerns. Included are a list of five resource agencies and six references. (JB)
Descriptors: Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Discrimination, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Discrimination, Family Characteristics, Family Role, Guidelines, Hispanic Americans, Limited English Speaking, Low Income Groups, Outreach Programs, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, School Role, Spanish Speaking
ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, Teachers College, Box 40, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027 (free).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.