ERIC Number: ED468558
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug-7
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Parent Involvement: A Key to Student Achievement.
Lunenburg, Fred C.; Irby, Beverly J.
Noting that students whose parents and other significant adults are actively involved in their learning are more likely to be successful in school, this paper examines eight parent and community involvement models and discusses selected strategies for initiating plans for school restructuring related to parent involvement. Models of parent involvement are identified as useful in representing the range and type of activities that might be incorporated in parent involvement programs and can be used as a framework for developing, evaluating, and redesigning parent involvement programs in schools. Considered in this paper are: (1) Gordon's systems approach; (2) the Systems Development Corporation study; (3) Berger's role categories; (4) Chavkin and Williams' parent involvement role; (5) Honig's early childhood education model; (6) Jones' levels of parent involvement; (7) Epstein's typologies; and (8) language minority parents involvement approach. The paper also discusses selected strategies for initiating plans for restructuring in the area of parent involvement, including developing a center on families partnership, establishing parent centers, investigating the accelerated schools movement, developing parent cooperatives, creating new options for parents, and focusing on families, technology, and the schools. The paper concludes with a discussion of the positive impact of research into the benefits of family and community involvement on national educational policies over the past decade, on states' efforts to encourage involvement, and on teacher education programs. (Contains 78 references.) (KB)
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