ERIC Number: ED397968
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
A Study of Attitudes among the Parents of Primary-School Children.
Marttila & Kiley, Inc., Boston, MA.
This report summarizes findings of a national telephone survey of 1,032 parents of children in grades Kindergarten through 6, supplementary interviews among 375 parents, and focus-group discussions among parents. Included among the sample were African-American, Latino, Asian-American, and White parents. Several findings are elaborated: (1) parents consider themselves to be deeply involved in their children's education as defined by school-related activities in the home; (2) parents consider educational involvement in the home as more important than activities at their child's school; (3) regardless of income, race, or educational level, parents recognize the value of being involved in their child's education; (4) time, rather than logistical problems such as transportation, is the most significant barrier to greater parental involvement; (5) parents involve themselves most deeply when they see a clear and direct link between their involvement and their child's benefit; (6) the level of parental involvement declines noticeably as children grow older; and (7) parents think it is important to have a voice in making school policy, but they are wary about involvement in administrative decisions. Statistical findings indicate that at-home involvement is more important than at-school involvement, extent of family involvement, involvement in activities with clear benefits to their children, barriers to greater involvement, attitudes toward educational issues, and satisfaction with their child's schooling. (KDFB)
Descriptors: Asian Americans, Black Students, Elementary Education, Focus Groups, Hispanic Americans, Interviews, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Telephone Surveys, White Students
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Marttila & Kiley, Inc., Boston, MA.
Note: Prepared for Hand in Hand, Washington, D.C.