ERIC Number: ED374526
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Parental Involvement in High Schools.
Brian, Donna JG
Although parental involvement is recommended at all levels of schooling, involvement of parents at the secondary level has not been well defined in the literature. This paper presents findings of a case study that examined three high schools with varying levels of parental involvement--the first, a large high school with a predominantly working class student body; the second, a small, innercity magnet school; and the third, a medium-sized suburban school. Research methods included interviews with a total of 100 students, parents, teachers, and administrators; an analysis of unobtrusive data; and informal interviews with school staff. Epstein's (1987) typology of parent involvement is used to compare the combined views of interview respondents regarding appropriate roles for parental involvement in high schools. Findings indicate that school climate as it related to parental involvement had more influence on the views of interview respondents than did any other factor. Teens unanimously said that parents should be involved in their education. Some implications are as follows: (1) parental involvement programs are as desirable at the high school level as the elementary level; (2) parents need to be educated about the benefits of involvement; (3) programs should provide parents with a variety of ways to participate; (4) programs should fit the individual school's needs; and (5) involved parents often contribute to school improvement efforts. Two figures are included. (Contains 105 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).