ERIC Number: ED389081
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Rhetorics and Realities of Parent Involvement in Schools: A Case of a Restructuring Middle School.
Ehman, Lee H.
This paper presents findings of a study that examined forms of parent involvement in a restructuring middle school. Data for the 18-month case study were obtained through observation, interviews, and document analysis. The paper focuses on the relationship of the Parent Council, a parent group attempting to influence school decision making, and the principal. Findings show that the rhetoric of parents as collaborators conflicted with the reality of educators' attempts to maintain boundaries between their professional domain and parents' involvement. The conflict was manifested in three ways: in differences over goals for parents' actions; in struggles for control; and in a lack of trust on both sides. An exception to the norm, a situation in which the principal invited parents to participate in a critical decision about the direction of restructuring in the school, is described. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).