ERIC Number: ED426835
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Parental Involvement in Education: What Works in the Pacific? Promising Practices in the Pacific Region.
Koki, Stan; Lee, Harvey
Increasing parent involvement in the Pacific region requires an understanding of the traditional system of Pacific education. While historically Pacific education involved parents and community members as children's first teachers, the American model of education virtually ignores this tradition. The school assumes the entire responsibility for education, leading to the belief that school and home are separate domains. Interviews and discussions with Pacific residents focused on involving the traditional extended family in education, and identified barriers to and successful Pacific practices in family and parent involvement. Most barriers to family involvement are social and cultural, including lack of cultural awareness among teachers, importance of community and church events over school activities, low priority given to family involvement by some principals, and parental feelings of being unwelcome or uncomfortable in school surroundings. Three successful family involvement programs are: (1) the Hawaii Parent-Community Networking Center, which provides school-based community gathering places to develop a sense of community encompassing home, school, and neighborhood; (2) the Belau Family School Community Association, an advocacy group that helps to improve communication among family, school, and community and clarify the educational roles of each; and (3) the Chuuk Teacher, Child, Parent, and Community Project, which involves traditional community leaders and parents in helping schools teach health and nutrition education. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, Honolulu, HI.
Identifiers - Location: Federated States of Micronesia; Hawaii; Palau