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ERIC Number: ED407126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
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Parent Involvement and Curriculum-Making: Cooperation and Conflict with Teachers in a Middle School.
Ehman, Lee H.
A case study of parental involvement in a seventh grade interdisciplinary activity, called "International Fair," at a Middle School is described and interpreted. The International Fair, the culmination of the work of student groups, involved students preparing booths representing the cultures of different countries and dressing up in costumes of those countries. Based on two years of observations, interviews, and document analysis, the effects of parental involvement on the Fair are described. Parents, mainly through complaints, attempted to influence the outcome of the Fair by changing the scope of content, the assignments, the grading basis, and the goals of the activity. During the second year of the study, the teachers increased their influence over the Fair and reduced the likelihood of parent over-involvement and competitiveness with one another in the Fair by (1) organizing an information meeting; (2) reducing the competition by eliminating the trophies; and (3) tightening up the rules so parents would not play a major role in setting up booths before the Fair. By improving their communication of expectations to parents, teachers hoped to increase parent enlistment in curriculum-supportive roles. Role and goal differences between teachers and parents and supportive, activist, and partnership-oriented parent involvement in the curriculums are discussed and interpreted. Contains 13 references. (AS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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