ERIC Number: ED420648
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
The Metropolitan Life Survey of the American Teacher, 1998. Building Family-School Partnerships: Views of Teachers and Students.
Harris (Louis) and Associates, Inc., New York, NY.
This 1997 study followed up the Metropolitan Life Survey of the American Teacher 1987: Strengthening Links Between Home and School, comparing current teacher and student opinions on parental involvement in education with those of teachers and parents in 1987. Teachers and students, grades 7-12, completed surveys on actual versus desired level of parental involvement in education, school role in encouraging parental involvement, parental involvement in school policy decisions, at-home parental involvement, and validity of criticisms commonly made of parents. A total of 1,306 students completed self-administered surveys during English class, and 1,035 teachers completed telephone interviews. Overall, teachers and students were positive about the role that parents could and did play in supporting public schools and children's education. They welcomed parental involvement, believing that parents should take active roles, though not leadership positions. Many teachers had higher parent expectations than they did in 1987. Most students felt their parents were actively involved in and supportive of their education at home and school. There was a strong, consistent association between students' academic success and the extent to which they felt their parents took an interest in and supported their academic and personal aspirations. Teachers were generally satisfied with the frequency of contact with parents. There were some stark differences between the experiences of urban teachers and suburban or rural teachers. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Parent Influence, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Parents as Teachers, Partnerships in Education, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Harris (Louis) and Associates, Inc., New York, NY.