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ERIC Number: ED407204
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 18
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Teachers' Attitudes towards Parental Involvement: Looking within a Rural Secondary School.
Ramirez, A. Y.
A descriptive study gave rural high school teachers an opportunity to voice their opinions on parental involvement. A survey questionnaire using a Likert-scale format was completed by 51 of 85 teachers in a large rural midwestern high school. All respondents were European American, as were virtually all students. Over 70 percent of respondents had more than 5 years of teaching experience and had earned a master's degree or more. Only 39 percent of respondents strongly agreed that parental involvement would increase student success, and only 5 percent indicated that they had the time to involve parents. No teacher strongly agreed that involving parents was a responsibility of the teacher or was necessary at their school. Although 61 percent believed that parental involvement was important for a good high school, 95 percent were unwilling to participate in inservice training on ways to increase parental involvement. Only 4 percent strongly agreed that "the school views parents as important partners." While teachers favored having parents as active agents in their school, they were unsure how to promote such situations and unwilling to spend time learning how. Teachers believed that parental involvement was important in conferences with teachers and students but less important in other school-related affairs, that the responsibility for parent involvement lay with the parent, and that the appropriate sphere for parent participation was within the home. Includes recommendations for practice and further research. Contains 15 references. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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