ERIC Number: ED439790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jan
Increasing Parent Involvement through Effective Home/School Communication.
Decker, Jenny; Majerczyk, Diana
This action research project addressed the problem of declining parent involvement at a Midwestern, suburban elementary school. In order to document parent involvement issues at the site, parent, educator, and student surveys were administered. Surveys were analyzed for effectiveness of home-school communication, perceived barriers to and benefits of parent involvement as seen by teachers and parents, and student attitudes toward parent involvement. Based on findings, an intervention was developed to improve home-school relationships through better home-school communication, with an emphasis on school-initiated efforts toward: (1) open-ended communication; (2) meaningful student-adult activities; and (3) family-friendly classrooms. The intervention (tailored to each of the two participating classrooms--a K-1 mixed-age class and a fourth-grade class) specifically included formal opportunities for parent responses to student work and classroom activities, a newsletter, parent volunteer opportunities, record keeping of informal parent-teacher interactions, and a parent night. Parent and student comments, teacher anecdotal notes, and the number of parent/guardian volunteers indicated that teachers' efforts to reach out to parents were received positively and that parents, when provided with a variety of involvement opportunities that meet personal needs and schedules, will actively support student learning. Seventeen appendices include project materials. (Contains 24 references.) (EV)
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.