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ERIC Number: ED433918
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-May
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Increasing Parental Involvement through the Use of Motivational Activities.
Bradley, Sheri; Mindrup, Carol; Wells, Laura
This action research project evaluated a program for increasing parental involvement for 56 students in targeted first grade classrooms in an elementary school of 311 students. A review of literature showed that lack of parental and community support, undeveloped parent-teacher partnerships, time constraints, and uninviting school climates were probable causes of the problem with parental involvement. Interventions targeted three objectives: (1) planning and implementing special school activities; (2) clarifying expectations for parental roles in a child's education; and (3) developing and strengthening active parent-teacher partnerships. Analysis of pre- and post-intervention surveys, family attendance records, and records of take-home activity participation indicated that parental involvement had increased as a result of the intervention. Steps to slightly increase parental involvement were identified: (1) numerous and varied opportunities for participation; (2) realistic expectations; (3) creating a sense of ownership on the part of parents; and (4) a positive and accessible atmosphere in the classroom. (Thirty-one appendices include survey forms, checklists, take-home activity forms, and invitations to school activities. Contains 32 references.) (DLH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Master's Thesis, Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and IRI/Skylight.