ERIC Number: ED406483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Parent Satisfaction and Alienation from Schools: Examining Ethnic Differences.
Erickson, Chris D.; And Others
Parent involvement in schools is related to children's increased academic achievement and can be an important resource for school personnel. Parents of racial and ethnic minority groups, however, have been found to be less likely to become involved in their children's schools. This study investigated whether white and racial and ethnic minority parents differed in their satisfaction with their children's school and perceived alienation from schools in general. It was hypothesized that parents from minority groups would report less satisfaction and more feelings of alienation than white parents. Parents of 169 elementary school children (10 African American, 50 Hispanic American, 59 Southeast Asian, 8 other Asian American, 31 White, and 11 "other") completed surveys about satisfaction and alienation. Results indicate that there were no significant differences in reported satisfaction of white and racial and ethnic minority parents or in their alienation from school. White parents, however, perceived their children's teachers to be more understanding of their needs as a parent, and believed that parents should give schools more input about how to teach than minority group parents did. Implications for educational administrators and family counselors include the need to encourage racial and ethnic minority parents to make their needs known to school personnel. (Contains 2 tables and 16 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (104th, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 9-13, 1996).