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ERIC Number: ED422093
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May-4
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Parent Involvement: Improving School Climate and Strengthening Relationships Among the Parent Community.
Aten, Angela; Mueller, Deborah; New, Diane; Peschang, Teresa
This action research project involved the implementation and evaluation of a program for increased parental involvement at an elementary school in western Illinois. Evidence for the lack of parental involvement included declining membership in the Parent-Teacher Organization, elimination of the computer lab, limited library hours due to lack of volunteers, elimination of the spring school carnival, and a lack of parental attendance at various classroom functions and field trips. Analysis of probable cause data revealed a large number of working parents and a changed household structure, along with a lack of trust and respect for faculty, partially due to a 1992 teacher strike compounded by difficult contract negotiations in 1996. A review of solution strategies, combined with an analysis of the problem setting, resulted in the selection of three major categories of intervention: communicating, volunteering, and learning. Activities implemented to increase parent involvement included: the Parent Involvement Pledge, student homework and reading pacts, Family Reading Night, Family Math Night, a district-wide Parent University Night, and Volunteer Appreciation and Recognition Night. Assessment methods indicated that these activities improved the school climate and strengthened relationships within the parent community. (Appendices present activity materials, including surveys, cover letters, articles, newsletters and calendars. Contains 28 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and IRI/Skylight Field-Based Masters Program.