ERIC Number: ED415466
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
You Can't Educate an Empty Chair: Increasing Student Attendance through Parent Involvement in Regular Classroom Lessons.
Parent involvement in their children's education has been well established as an important component of academic success. To explore this phenomenon, parents were invited into the classroom to participate in a regular lesson so as to determine if such participation would enhance their perception of education and subsequently increase students' daily attendance. The research involved 150 students from kindergarten, first, second, and fifth grades and the students' parents. Parents were invited into the classroom to team with their child in a typical classroom lesson for one hour, one day each month. Parents sat next to their children and actively gathered information, solved problems, and made decisions. The findings suggest that the parents' attitudes toward school undergo a gradual positive change when parents become involved in classroom lessons. Between group comparisons of the attendance records of treatment and control groups indicate that there were positive effects associated with parent involvement in regular classroom lessons. Students and teachers also exhibited positive changes in attitude, and a stronger sense of community was formed. (Contains 31 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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