ERIC Number: ED358532
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Parent Involvement and School Responsiveness: Facilitating the Home-School Connection in Schools of Choice.
Goldring, Ellen B.; Bauch, Patricia A.
This paper presents findings from a study that examined the relationship between school responsiveness under different choice arrangements and the processes by which families make choices about schools. The study is part of a larger, ongoing project being conducted in 16 metropolitan high schools of choice in Chicago, Illinois; Washington, D.C.; and Chattanooga, Tennessee. This paper focuses on seven schools within three types of schools of choice--Catholic (three schools); single-focus magnet (two schools); and multifocus magnet (two schools). A survey of all 12th-grade students' parents, a total of 565, elicited an overall response rate of 49 percent. Findings indicate that different types of families prefer different types of choice arrangements for different reasons. Overall, parents choose schools overwhelmingly for academic reasons. Second, parent involvement differs according to different choice arrangements. Catholic schools facilitate greater levels of parent involvement, and multi-focus magnet schools are least effective in this area. Third, schools under different choice arrangements respond differently to parents. Catholic and single-focus magnet schools tend toward more structural responsiveness. Of the three types, Catholic schools have the most effective parent communication. In conclusion, schools that function from a communitarian perspective, such as Catholic and single-focus magnet schools, rather than from a bureaucratic one, have higher levels of commitment and parent involvement. Five tables are included. (Contains 78 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).