ERIC Number: ED382759
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Parents and Schools: Partners in Education. A Companion Document to "An Education of Value for At Risk Students: Possibilities for Practice."
Manitoba Dept. of Education and Training, Winnipeg. Student Support Branch.
Parental involvement in the educational process is examined as one of the elements that can raise academic achievement and allow schools to achieve success. The benefits of parental involvement are outlined, from those to students, such as improved academic performance, greater student motivation, and lower dropout rates, through those to parents themselves, such as a greater sense of adequacy and self-worth, and the schools which receive a community perspective. Levels of parental involvement are considered at major levels that include the basic obligations of parents and schools, parental involvement at school and in learning activities, and parental involvement in governance and advocacy. Sometimes added to this typology are family support programs that are a developmental service for parents. Implementing and maintaining parental involvement programs requires: (1) staff consultation; (2) acknowledgment of family types; (3) recognition of the needs of single parent families; (4) acceptance of culturally diverse families; (5) assessment of community characteristics; (6) parent recruitment; (7) collaboration and communication; (8) establishing multiple entry points; and (9) program maintenance. (Contains 37 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Characteristics, Cooperation, Cultural Differences, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Involvement, Foreign Countries, Parent Participation, Parent Responsibility, Partnerships in Education, Program Improvement, School Responsibility, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Manitoba Dept. of Education and Training, Winnipeg. Student Support Branch.
Note: For the companion document, see ED 366 693.