ERIC Number: ED403024
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Parents' Reports of School Practices To Involve Families. Statistics in Brief.
A growing body of research shows that school practices to involve parents are strong predictors of parent involvement. The 1996 National Household Education Survey (NHES:96) included a wider grade range of children than had been included in previous studies of school practices to involve parents. National data from the Parent and Family Involvement in Education component of the NHES were used to examine school practices in relation to the frequency of parent involvement in school. In addition, school practices to involve families were examined in relation to school, family, student, and community characteristics that have been related in past studies to school practices and/or parent involvement. School practices included helping parents understand their child's developmental needs, keeping parents informed of their child's progress between report cards, and helping parents help their child learn at home. Of particular note was the finding that the average number of parent-reported school practices done "very well" was positively related to the frequency of the family's involvement at school, although the causal direction of this relationship can not be determined in a cross-sectional study. The broad pattern of other results showed that the average number of school practices reported done "very well" was greater for parents of children in private schools rather than public schools, and smaller schools rather than larger schools; for parents with less than a high school education than for parents with a high school diploma or more; for students in lower grade levels rather than higher grade levels; and for parents of Hispanic and Black children than parents of children of other racial/ethnic backgrounds. Contains 28 references. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Household Education Survey