ERIC Number: ED398009
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Critical Issues in Parental Involvement: A Collection of Research Summaries by Title VII Graduate Students.
Bermudez, Andrea B., Ed.; Rakow, Steven J., Ed.; Ensle, Anne Labay, Ed.
This volume contains 18 summaries of research on parental involvement, carried out by inservice teachers completing a Master's degree in multicultural studies. All but one of the participants were certified Texas teachers working in bilingual and English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) education. Their research critically examined many facets of the involvement of limited-English-proficient parents in public schools in the Houston-Galveston Bay area. A preface by principal investigators and professors Andrea B. Bermudez and Steven J. Rakow describes the Master's program at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, which provides inservice teachers with both clinical and research experiences with language-minority parents. An introduction by Anne Labay Ensle outlines the research emphases of the overall project and lists eight elements and factors identified by researchers as promoting successful parental involvement. The 18 Master's-level research projects specifically examined the effect of the "cat tracks" discipline system on parent involvement, parent attitudes toward ESL instruction and parent involvement activities, attitudes of minority parents toward other minorities, use of newsletters and a video of school activities to promote parent participation, involvement of Japanese parents in the United States compared to their behaviors in Japan, effects of reading aloud on vocabulary development, and parent involvement through social involvement. Each entry contains an abstract, summary of 2-3 pages, researcher profile, and contact information for faculty advisor. Teacher researchers were Gaylin Black, Virginia Krinke Buehring, Dolores Cavazos, Anne Labay Ensle, Yolanda Flores, Ila Jane Goetz, Brenda Hastings-Gongora, Dolores Hernandez Hix, Nora Sandoval-Ibarra, Catherine R. Johnson, Hanae Kimura, Laura M. Lopez, Rebecca Lopez, Sandra Joy Mangarella, Alicia Muniz, Christine Ortiz-Gatlin, Rebecca E. Prather, Hazel Ramirez, and Lila Kay Cook. Contains approximately 250 references. (SV)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Graduate Study, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Language Minorities, Limited English Speaking, Mexican American Education, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Research Projects
Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Houston-Clear Lake Univ., TX. Research Center for Language and Culture.