ERIC Number: ED367443
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Increasing the Participation of Parents of Elementary School Students in Parent Education Activities through Development and Implementation of an Alternative Delivery System.
This practicum report describes a program intended to increase parent participation by improved information delivery at an elementary school. Background study of the school and community indicated approximately a 25% turnover rate of new families and students. Attendance at parent education workshops and school orientation tours before program implementation was low. A survey indicated that parents' work schedules, lack of time, and lack of child care were the main obstacles to workshop attendance. To make parent participation more convenient, several videos were made with students and teachers at the school, including a school orientation video and a video on how to prepare for a science fair. The school set up a parent education resource lending library from which these and other videos, as well as books and booklets on study skills, school subjects, and school-related social issues, could be checked out. The school's monthly newsletter proved to be an effective forum to announce the new resources to parents. Through an order form provided in the newsletter, parents could check out materials by mail and have them delivered to their homes. As a result of the program, there were more than 430 requests by parents for videos, books, and booklets; there was a 123% increase over the previous year in the number of parents who indicated that they had participated in a parent education event; and 87% of the parents indicated that the opportunities provided in the program were effective methods for obtaining information from the school. Appendixes include copies of surveys and forms used in the program. (ME)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.