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ERIC Number: ED482552
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Parent's Interests, Current Involvement and Level of Parental Involvement in School Activities.
Gbadamosi, Tara; Lin, Huey-Ling
This study examined what school activities parents were involved in and the relationship between parents' interests and level of participation. Parents completed self-report questionnaires examining activities they were currently involved in and activities they would like to do in their children's classrooms. Out of 208 surveys distributed, 114 were returned. Twelve K-3 teachers completed interviews regarding levels of parental involvement in their classrooms. Results were organized by: what parents would like to do and actually do in the classroom; level of parental involvement in the classroom; and level of parental involvement based on the teacher interviews. More than half of parents reported they would like to have lunch with their children, attend field trips, and visit or observe the classroom. More than 10 percent of parents participated in activities they liked doing. Of the 12 teachers, 3 reported having formal, structural involvement in their classrooms, 6 reported having high-level involvement, and 3 reported having low-level involvement. High parent involvement levels related to participation in activities that parents liked to do in the classroom. Findings suggest that by identifying activities parents are interested in, parents are able to be involved in their children's education. However, there is a need for teachers to provide such activities to increase the level of parent involvement. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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