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ERIC Number: ED408677
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
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Family Involvement at the Secondary Level: Learning from Texas Borderland Schools.
Young, Michelle D.
Thus far, research on family involvement in education has not fully explored how race, ethnicity, and cultural factors influence the expression of parental involvement in different community contexts. This paper provides a portrait of the involvement of Mexican-American parents in secondary schools located along the Texas-Mexico border. The study was conducted as part of the Effective Border Schools Research and Development Initiative (EBSRDI), a collaborative project between the University of Texas and the Region 1 Service Center and School Districts of Texas. The study sought to strengthen parental involvement in school communities where cultural and linguistic diversity, poverty, mobility, and lack of English proficiency presented challenges to both school staff and parents. The paper examines the ways in which successful schools--particularly those enrolling predominantly Mexican-American students from poor, limited-English-proficient, non-English speaking, and/or migrant backgrounds--develop and sustain meaningful parental involvement. Data were obtained from a survey of teachers' practices, site visits, and a review of school documents. The number of schools in the sample is unspecified. The study explored three basic themes: how members of the school communities conceptualized and experienced parent involvement, why they valued it, and what it looked like in practice. Findings indicate that parent involvement was viewed differently by parents and school staff, and that the different views affected both definitions of and reasons for involvement. The paper describes seven best practices for increasing the involvement of Mexican-American parents at the secondary level: (1) fostering communication and information exchange; (2) teaming teachers; (3) maintaining a parent-friendly school environment; (4) establishing parent centers and providing parent coordinators; (5) engaging students and inviting parents; (6) providing more opportunities for parent involvement; and (7) building on Mexican-American culture, values, and experiences. The study also revealed the importance of incorporating the Mexican-American cultural values of respect and personal contact. (Contains 16 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas