ERIC Number: ED353059
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct-16
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Causes Underlying Minimal Parent Involvement in the Education of Their Children.
Dwyer, David J.; Hecht, Jeffrey B.
In this document, recent literature on schools' attempts to involve parents in the education of their children and on the rationale for parent involvement is evaluated. Research reviewed concerns parent involvement programs designed to improve student academic performance, increase student attendance, decrease behaviors that leave students at risk, decrease school operating costs, and involve families that speak no or little English. It is asserted that it is doubtful whether the many intervention strategies to increase parent involvement in schools are as effective as program planners might desire, and that the large number of programs described in the literature suggest that not every parent is as involved with their child's education as the schools might want them to be. Parents may have low levels of involvement in the child's education because they have rarely been involved in their child's education in the past; because their child is doing fine in school and further involvement on the part of the parent is not needed; or because the parent feels it is the schools' job to educate the child and refuses to take on any of the responsibility for the child's education. The need for communication between home and school and the need to link parent involvement programs with the needs of the parents and the school are considered. A bibliography lists 28 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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