ERIC Number: ED435478
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-May
Parental Involvement Activities in the School.
Johannes, Holly; Roach, Amy
This action research project evaluated the impact of strategies to increase parental involvement and improve student interest in academics and school-related activities. Participating were students in an eighth grade social studies class and third through seventh grade learning disabilities classes in a rural school setting. The need for increased parental involvement and student interest was documented by means of parent and student surveys and by observing parent attendance at school functions. The one-semester intervention was developed based on a review of literature and an analysis of the problem setting and was comprised of an increase in home-school activities such as an open house, parent-teacher conferences, photo album night, special friend day, and monthly newsletters and activity packets, as well as an increase in parental contact at the school through the use of an informative bulletin board. Post-intervention data indicated that parental involvement as assessed by parental attendance at school functions continued to be a problem. Nevertheless, because of the planned activities, parents had an opportunity to be involved at school. There were positive comments from students and parents about the activities and negative comments about the purpose of the activities. (Ten appendices contain data collection instruments, data summaries, and sample program materials. Contains 36 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and IRI/Skylight.