ERIC Number: ED400182
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Science and Mathematics Education Reform: What Do Parents Need To Know To Get Involved?
The goal of this project is to find effective ways to stimulate parent involvement in science and mathematics education and to spearhead a nationwide initiative putting these models to use. Parent focus groups were used to field test parent involvement strategies that had been identified in the initial research, and to gather feedback from parents on the effectiveness of these strategies. This report summarizes the findings of focus groups in seven cities across the United States (Baltimore, Maryland; Birmingham, Alabama; Chicago, Illinois; Houston, Texas; Los Angeles, California; and Seattle, Washington) and the Mississippi Delta Region. It includes the key findings of the literature review on parent involvement, and key recommendations for involving parents in science education such as inform parents of the importance of science and mathematics; and introduce parents to science activities they can do at home with their children. One conclusion from the focus groups is that most parents can and want to become more involved in their children's education. Parents are interested in hands-on and ready-to-do science with their children at home. Results indicate that schools can become more welcoming by lowering cultural barriers, initiating parent involvement, and developing and maintaining communication with parents. Contains 68 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Hands on Science, Home Study, Mathematics Education, Parent Participation, Parents as Teachers, Science Education, Science Instruction
American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1200 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005-3920.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC.