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ERIC Number: ED438027
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-May
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Increasing Parent Involvement To Improve Academic Achievement in Reading and Math.
Bal, Susan A.; Goc, Jennifer D.
This action research project sought to increase parental involvement to improve academic achievement in the subjects of reading and math for fourth- through sixth-grade students in two Midwestern metropolitan schools. An increased number of non-English speaking parents and working parents, a lack of parent training, and teacher resistance to parent involvement pointed to a need for improved parental involvement. Thirty-four student-parent pairs participated. Four types of interventions were attempted: using a variety of communication tools to enforce two-way communication; providing information about how parents can assist learning at home; regularly assigning interactive homework that requires interaction with parents; and distributing student work for parental comment and review on a regular basis. Both pre- and post-intervention surveys concerning communication frequency and parental academic involvement with their children were administered to students and parents; reading and math tests were used to measure academic improvement in the students. Post-intervention data indicated a modest increase in parental involvement; a slight academic improvement in reading; and no improvement in math performance. (Appendices include survey forms, a sample newsletter, and a homework introduction note. Contains 20 references.) (DLH)
Descriptors: Achievement Gains, Action Research, Change Strategies, Family School Relationship, Intermediate Grades, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Activities, Parent Participation, Parent Student Relationship, Program Effectiveness, Reading Achievement, Reading Improvement, Student Improvement
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Master's Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and IRI/Skylight.