ERIC Number: ED410336
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jan-20
Reference Count: N/A
Parental Involvement in Schools: Case Studies of Three High Schools in a Southeastern Metropolitan Area. A Research Report.
The degree and nature of parental involvement at three high schools was studied. A brief survey of school personnel gathered the responses of teachers about parental involvement, and teachers and staff were asked to nominate involved parents as well as parents who seemed to perceive barriers to school involvement. Following the surveys, 52 in-depth interviews were conducted with teachers, school administrators, staff, and involved and "uninvolved" parents. Parental involvement differed in degree and nature between schools and within schools. In this study, the greatest variance in parent involvement was found in the most rural of the schools studied. Findings did reveal that parents are involved in many ways, including the silent involvement of encouraging children's educational activities. A high level of parental involvement did not automatically mean positive school-community relations, since an angry and vocal parent body may be perceived as threatening by school administrators. Parental involvement is shaped by parent-school relations and by relations within the parent community. In one of the schools, a deeply felt chasm between the parents and the school was noted. A decisive factor in parent involvement was whether or not the parents felt a sense of ownership over the school. Implications for educational practice and policy are discussed. Five appendixes present interview guides, survey responses, and the parental consent form for participation. (Contains 4 tables, 3 figures, and 61 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium, Richmond, VA.