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ERIC Number: ED492004
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr
Pages: 29
Abstractor: Author
Evaluating a Community-Wide Parent/Family Involvement Program
Guskey, Thomas R.; Ellender, Caroline S.; Wang, Sunwoo
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, Apr 2006)
This paper describes the first year evaluation of a community-wide, parent/family involvement program initiated in a midsized, Southeast community and school district. The program consists of three major components: (1) Community-Wide Efforts, (2) School-Home Communication, and (3) Home Involvement. Formative and summative evaluation data were gathered through survey forms, telephone interviews, and focus groups involving parents, school administrators, teachers and students. Results show that Community-Wide Efforts were favorably regarded by participants but led to relatively few changes in parents' levels of involvement. School administrators and teachers viewed most aspects of School-Home Communication more positively and more effective than did parents. All stakeholders considered Home Involvement important, but discrepancies were evident among teachers, parents, and students' responses. Recommendations for improving parent involvement programs are discussed.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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