ERIC Number: ED414088
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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)
Descriptors: After School Programs, Elementary Education, Employer Employee Relationship, Family Involvement, Family School Relationship, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Partnerships in Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Partnership for Family Involvement in Education (ED), Washington, DC.; GTE Foundation, Stamford, CT.
Authoring Institution: National Opinion Research Center, Chicago, IL.