ERIC Number: ED400930
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-May
Parental Involvement: An Essential Ingredient for a Successful School.
Akimoff, Kimberly G.
This study examined how teachers in a Christian school in the North Bay, California, area, perceive the academic and behavioral performance of students whose parents are involved in the school compared to the performance of students whose parents are not involved. Parental involvement includes parents attending parent-teacher conferences, open houses, classroom activities and events; keeping in touch with the teacher through phone calls and notes; volunteering in the classroom; and being a guest speaker. Parents also demonstrate their involvement by reviewing the child's schoolwork, reading with the child, and monitoring the child's academic progress. Behavioral performance refers to the student's ability to interact socially with other students and to comply with teacher expectations. Seven kindergarten through sixth-grade teachers (Caucasian female) in a Christian school were asked to fill out questionnaires and to answer interview questions regarding the importance of parental involvement. The results of the study indicated that parental involvement is essential in helping children achieve optimum success in school, both academically and behaviorally. The results suggest that parental involvement should be encouraged in the classroom and at home for a number of reasons, including: (1) parental involvement sends a positive message to children about the importance of their education; (2) parental involvement keeps the parent informed of the child's performance; and (3) parental involvement helps the school accomplish more. The appendices contain the letter of invitation to participate in the study, the questionnaire, the questionnaire results, and the interview questions. (AA)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Education, Family School Relationship, Parent Influence, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Performance Factors, Private Education, Student Behavior, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Expectations of Students
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Dominican College.