ERIC Number: ED387219
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Parent Involvement: The Critical Link.
Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem.
Parent involvement in a child's education consists of schools and parents working together to achieve maximum educational growth for their children. Parents are the critical link between their children and school, and research demonstrates that parent attitudes and behavior influence children's school achievement. Parent involvement occurs when parents: (1) receive and react to information provided by the school; (2) provide information to the school; (3) serve on advisory committees; (4) participate in complaint resolution; (5) serve as school volunteers; (6) participate in home visitations; and (7) assist in teaching. Although the primary responsibility for encouraging good parent-school relations lies with the school, parents must also become interested participants in the school program. Schools can increase parent involvement 12 ways: (1) inviting parents to school open houses; (2) holding parent-teacher conferences; (3) involving parents in homework and home-learning; (4) maintaining one-on-one communication with parents; (5) initiating personalized telephone contact; (6) making home visits; (7) publishing home-school handbooks; (8) distributing newsletters; (9) involving single and working parents; (10) involving parents at the secondary level; (11) involving bilingual parents; and (12) developing parent workshops. (A U.S. Department of Education pamphlet "What Works: Research about Teaching and Learning" is reprinted as an appendix.) (TM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem.