ERIC Number: ED383414
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-4
Reference Count: N/A
Innovations in Parent Involvement: Issues of Implementation and Fidelity to a Model.
Bauch, Jerold P.
A study evaluated the effects of an innovative parent involvement model. Nine school systems in Indiana were selected by the funding agency to use the Transparent School Model, which uses computer-based voice messaging technology to allow teachers and parents to exchange information with the efficiency and convenience of time displacement. At the end of each school day, a teacher writes a short script and records a 1-minute message over the telephone. The message is stored in computer memory and is available to any parent for the next 24 hours. After introducing the model to school personnel and providing staff training, the researchers evaluated the process and outcome variables over a period of 2 years. The results of analysis revealed high variability in the implementation level and teacher use of the model. Teachers who adopted and used the model with professional enthusiasm had better results than those who simply accepted the innovation but engaged in "passive resistance." Results suggest that attempts to innovate in parent involvement should include a carefully crafted implementation procedure that assures rich information and involvement of all the interested parties--administrators, teachers, and parents--before major changes are undertaken. (AA)
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Models, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Quality Control, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Participation, Telephone Communications Systems
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: George Peabody Coll. for Teachers, Nashville, TN. Betty Phillips Center for Parenthood Education.