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ERIC Number: ED421273
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
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Raising Academic Achievement through Parent Involvement.
Blackfelner, Carol; Ranallo, Barbara
Research has demonstrated that parent involvement has many beneficial effects for students. This action research project designed and implemented a program to raise the academic achievement of second-grade students by increasing parent involvement. The students attended two second-grade classrooms in a west-central Illinois school. The problem of low academic achievement in the classrooms was studied using anecdotal records, teacher observations, test scores, and records of homework completion. Analysis of the data indicated that many factors influenced parent involvement, including: (1) parents' fear of school; (2) parents' lack of time; (3) parents' lack of transportation; and (4) parents' embarrassment about their own educational level. To increase parent involvement, a number of activities were developed, including: (1) daily use of a reflective journal by students; (2) homework activities designed to check student and parent responsibility; (3) use of the school district's homework hotline phone system; (4) parent/child activity time at school, which was designed to acquaint parents with ways to help their children be more successful in school; (5) a newsletter; and (6) parent-teacher conferences. Surveys distributed at the end of the project indicated a positive change in parents' attitude toward communication between home and school, and that those who had volunteered felt good about the experience. Students' scores on the posttest surveys showed a small improvement. (Sixteen appendices include parent and student surveys, homework activities, and parent invitations to school activities. Contains 24 references.) (LPP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Grade 2, Homework, Parent Attitudes, Parent Conferences, Parent Influence, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Primary Education, Program Effectiveness, Student Attitudes, Student Improvement
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and Skylight Training and Publishing Field-Based Masters Program.