ERIC Number: ED415260
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Preparing Future School Administrators To Reach Out to Families through Action Research.
Jones, Linda T.; Blendinger, Jack
This paper focuses on the role that action research can serve in preparing future school administrators to involve families in their children's education. For purposes of the paper, action research is defined as structured field-based investigations conducted in field environments that engage teachers preparing to become school administrators in authentic learning experiences. The action research project discussed in this paper was assigned to 24 students enrolled in the principalship course at Mississippi State University in the 1996-97 school year. They worked in research teams of four or five students. Each team was required to select an elementary school and study the school's parent involvement in relation to: (1) parent-teacher organization; (2) back-to-school night; (3) parent-teacher conferences; (4) volunteers; and (5) school newsletter. Teams wrote papers on their findings in each of these areas, and papers were shared in class. The high level of student interaction and discussion that took place among the members of the five teams as they looked for consensus and closure on their findings indicated that significant affective learning occurred. When students were asked to rate their participation in the action research experience, 18 of the 24 called it "excellent," 5 said "very good," and 1 called it satisfactory. Action research can serve an important function in preparing future school administrators to involve families in their children's education. (Contains nine references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Action Research, Administrator Education, Administrators, Elementary Education, Family Involvement, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Parent Participation, Parent Teacher Conferences, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Principals, Research Methodology, School Administration, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (26th, Memphis, TN, November 12-14, 1997).