ERIC Number: ED389480
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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Increasing Parental Involvement in Grades One, Four, and Five in a Rural Elementary School.
Patterson, Sharon R.
A program implemented in a rural elementary school in Florida had the goal of increasing parental involvement of students in grades 1, 4, and 5. The majority of students in the school were black, came from single-parent homes, and were considered low-income. Prior to program implementation, a parent survey revealed that of 53 parents, 21 read to their children, 29 assisted with homework, and 17 discussed school activities with their children. The program centered on workshops held over a 3-month period to teach parents techniques for helping their children with homework assignments. Homework activities requiring parental participation were sent home to bridge the gap for parents unable to attend workshops. In addition, parents were encouraged to volunteer in classroom activities, attend field trips, and schedule parent-teacher conferences. Additionally, workshops were held over a 5-month period to teach parents techniques for improving students' antisocial behaviors. A handbook was distributed to parents that provided an overview of capitalization, punctuation, definitions of parts of speech, sentences and nonsentences, parts of a friendly letter, and key mathematics terms. Program evaluation revealed that the program was somewhat successful in increasing parental involvement, and parents rated the program as beneficial. However, parent participation was not consistent, and it was noted that workshops should be held consecutively over a 1- or 2-week period to maintain parental motivation and involvement. Appendices include parent survey, program evaluation forms, and other forms used in program implementation. (LP)
Descriptors: Blacks, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Homework, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Parent Student Relationship, Parent Teacher Conferences, Parent Workshops, Parenting Skills, Parents as Teachers, Practicums, Program Implementation, Rural Education, Rural Schools
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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