ERIC Number: ED439800
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Parents' Perceptions of Teacher Outreach and Parent Involvement in Children's Education. Publication Series No. 14.
Patrikakou, Evanthia N.; Weissberg, Roger P.
This study focused on urban public schools in an effort to: (1) gather further information about the nature and extent of parent-involvement attitudes and practices in public inner-city schools; and (2) investigate the relationships among socio-demographic factors that previously have been found to be crucial for parent participation, parent perceptions of teacher practices, and actual parent involvement. The study predicted that perceived teacher outreach has stronger associations with parent involvement than do socio-demographic variables. Specifically, the study hypothesized that the more teacher outreach parents perceive, the higher their involvement levels will be both at home and at school. Parents from three inner-city elementary schools in a large Midwestern city were surveyed. Findings indicated that parents whose children attend inner-city public schools make significant efforts to be involved in their child's education both at home and at school, in spite of adverse conditions such as low education and Socio-economic Status. However, several forms of school involvement, such as volunteering in the classroom, did not occur frequently. Parent perception of teacher outreach was the only variable that was statistically significant in predicting parent involvement both at home and at school. (Contains 21 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Temple Univ., Philadelphia. Center for Research in Human Development and Education.; Mid-Atlantic Lab. for Student Success, Philadelphia, PA.