ERIC Number: ED467048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Parental Involvement in Education. Research Report.
Williams, Bridget; Williams, Joel; Ullman, Anna
Parent involvement in their childrens education and school life was studied in England through a telephone survey of 2,109 households. Around 1 in 3 parents (29%) felt very involved in their childs school life, and primary school parents were more likely to feel this way than secondary school parents. Mothers were more likely to say that they were very involved than were fathers. Around 72% of all parents agreed that they wanted more involvement, and a third definitely agreed. Among the barriers to involvement, parents cited the competing demands in their lives such as work commitments, demands of other children, childcare difficulties, and lack of time generally. Almost all parents were happy with the schools attitude toward them, with a large majority finding the school welcoming (94%) and willing to involve them (84%). Parents particularly value face-to-face contact with teachers, but a significant minority thought that they would be labeled trouble makers if they talked too much. Parents were generally happy with the quality of written communications coming from schools, although a significant minority (27%) thought that the general information was spoiled by jargon. Many parents were not aware of the labels given to recent educational initiatives, and 35% did not recognize the term Home School Agreement, even though all had been invited to sign one. A Technical Appendix discusses sampling methods, and the survey questionnaire is attached. (Contains 12 figures, 26 tables, and 14 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Information Dissemination, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Telephone Surveys
For full text: http://www.dfes.gov.uk/Research.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department for Education and Skills, London (England).; National Indian Child Welfare Association, Portland, OR.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)