ERIC Number: ED373888
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Increasing Parental Involvement at a Middle School by Involving Parents in Workshops and School Activities Designed To Meet the Needs of Their Adolescent Child.
Amato, John Kenneth
This practicum was designed to address declining parental participation in school functions and activities at a middle school, along with a low level of parental involvement or interest in their children's education. A year-long parental involvement program was developed that encouraged parents to: (1) interact with their children and their children's teachers on a regular basis; (2) participate in class trips, assembly programs, and the parent-teacher organization (PTO); (3) provide a quiet place for their children to study and for parents to work with their children on a daily basis; and (4) meet with teachers and administrators to discuss problems and concerns. The program also provided--through a program newsletter, small group meetings, and workshops--information to parents about adolescent development, their roles as parents, and school policies. As a result of the practicum program, PTO membership and attendance at PTO meetings increased, and parent participation in school committees rose significantly. Over the course of the program, discipline problems within the school declined, while student grades and self esteem improved. (Seven appendices contain copies of parent survey forms, homework logs, and parenting materials. Contains 17 references.) (MDM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Discipline Problems, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Parent Associations, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Parent Workshops, Parenting Skills, Program Design, Program Implementation, Questionnaires, Self Esteem
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova Southeastern University.