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ERIC Number: ED436291
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 19
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Family and School Level Barriers to Family Involvement.
Becker-Klein, Rachel
Noting that many factors can influence the extent to which families are engaged in their children's education, this study examined the influence of family and school barriers as potential barriers to parent involvement. The sample was taken from a local site of the National Head Start/Public School Transition Demonstration Project. Participants included 151 families whose children were formerly in Head Start, and were in second grade at the time of the study. Family involvement was divided into involvement in children's education at home and involvement in school activities. Family contextual variables included family structure, employment, family resources, and parents' childhood experiences of school. School level variables consisted of school climate and family-school communication. A series of hierarchical multiple regression analyses were conducted to examine the contributions of family and school level variables. Demographic variables were entered in the first block, followed by family structural barriers, and finally school level barriers. Regression results indicated that neither the family demographic variables nor the family structural variables, as a group, were significant predictors of parents' participation in their children's education at home. The school level variables block, however, was significant, with family-school communication positively related to participation in children's education at home. For parents' involvement in school activities, all three blocks were significant. Yet, the school level variables predicted involvement over and above the family level variables. Consequently, as some researchers have suggested, school practices seem to be as important--if not more so--as family factors in influencing family involvement. (Contains 10 references.) (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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