ERIC Number: ED441012
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Families in Schools: How Did a Parent Education Program Change Parent Behaviors Related to Student Achievement?
Johnson, Deborah L.; Jiang, Ying Hong; Yoon, Ruth M.
Families in Schools (FIS) is a pioneering parent education model developed by the Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project (LAAMP), California, and The Parent Institute for Quality Education. A total of 1,275 parents in 2 large urban school districts participated; 93% were Hispanic, and 36% had less than a high school education. More than 70% had children who qualified for free/reduced price meals. Significant behavior changes resulting from the 9-week class were that both elementary and middle/high school parents talked significantly more often with their children's teachers. Elementary school parents visited classrooms more often, read more with their children, and took their children to the public library more frequently. Middle/high school parents helped more often with homework and attended more school activities. Monthly followup telephone surveys indicated that behavior changes lasting 90 days for elementary parents were more contact with teachers, and decreased television watching by and more library visits with their children. For middle/high school parents, attendance at school functions remained high. FIS appears to have the techniques and strategies for success. Greater program refinement and consistency could perhaps produce a more lasting impact. (Contains 3 tables and 12 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000).