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ERIC Number: ED414088
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Study of Opportunities for and Barriers to Family Involvement in Education: Preliminary Results. Survey.
National Opinion Research Center, Chicago, IL.
Participants were drawn from the 1996 General Social Survey, which constructed a nationally representative sample of households to study social indicators in the United States. Findings summarized in this report reflect information collected from about two-thirds of parents identified in the earlier survey. During a 10-minute telephone interview, the study asked parents of elementary and middle school students to report on several dimensions of their involvement in their children's education, including: (1) how parents feel about their opportunities to be involved in their children's schooling; (2) how schools encourage parental involvement in students' learning; (3) what additional educational resources parents value; (4) how and what schools communicate to parents about students' learning; and (5) what employers do to support parental involvement in schooling. Key survey findings include: (1) parents think schools see them as important partners in helping their children learn; (2) an overwhelming majority of parents believe that they and their children's teachers should learn more about how they can be effectively involved in their children's education; (3) according to parents, elementary schools appear to do better in key aspects of family involvement than do middle schools; (4) new technologies remain an untapped resource for schools to communicate with parents; (5) most parents are either not involved, or would like to be more involved, in decisions affecting the academic life of the school; and (6) a third of parents said they signed agreements with teachers about how each would support their child's learning. (Seven tables summarizing survey results are included.) (LPP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Partnership for Family Involvement in Education (ED), Washington, DC.; GTE Foundation, Stamford, CT.
Authoring Institution: National Opinion Research Center, Chicago, IL.