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ERIC Number: ED407156
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-28
Pages: 41
Abstractor: N/A
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Development of a School-Based Parent Center for Low Income New Immigrants.
Johnstone, Thomas R.; Hiatt, Diana Buell
This case study of a school-based parent center in a low-income Latino community, based on action research, investigated ways in which low-income parents became involved with their child's school, and identified barriers and supports to the implementation of various parent involvement activities. Data were collected through participant observation, document analysis, parent surveys, and parent and staff interviews. Findings indicated that parent surveys provided an important needs assessment tool that was useful in developing programs. The school's "open-door" policy was identified by staff as the strongest school practice linking the school and families. Both parents and staff identified the principal as the key to establishing parent involvement as a school priority. There was a high level of enthusiasm, support, and energy generated for parent participation during the first year, but father participation in parent center programs was very limited. Collaboration with community agencies provided a high quality parent center, and a great deal of effort was expended in developing collaborative partnerships. A wide range of parent services and programs were offered; parents perceived this diversity as important. English as a Second Language classes were parents' number one priority and were consistently well attended. Over the 4 years of the study, program priorities shifted from families' basic needs toward increased involvement in learning activities at home, decision-making, governance, and advocacy. (Appendices include sample excerpts from the principal log and the parent survey. Contains 67 references.) (KDFB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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