ERIC Number: ED361125
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Depiction Study of Indian Parent/Community Involvement and Support in Northwest Schools.
Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Surveys of American Indian parents and administrators of schools with significant Indian enrollment in the Northwest examined Indian parent and community involvement in education and school practices to promote such involvement. Responses from 60 administrators outlined school practices related to direct parent participation, school communication with parents, use of parents and community members in the classroom, soliciting family and community opinions for school planning purposes, inclusion of parents and community in school governance and decision making, and school efforts to enlist tribal representatives as a support system. Results suggest a preference for informal group gatherings, preferably with meals. Most schools seemed to overlook the value of tribal council involvement, which could be a key to gaining community support. Parent survey forms were mailed to 200 Indian education parent advisory committees with instructions to have 5 involved and 5 noninvolved parents answer and return them directly. Of 245 surveys returned, 60 percent were from "active" parents or family members. Despite their designations as active and inactive, the groups differed little in terms of involvement. Overall, the surveys suggest more parent involvement than is generally assumed. Neither survey revealed many innovative practices, although the parent survey suggests the need for parent education, parenting classes, and culturally relevant activities. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.