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ERIC Number: ED509552
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
Parent Involvement in Urban Charter Schools: A New Paradigm or the Status Quo?
Smith, Joanna; Wohlstetter, Priscilla
National Center on School Choice, Vanderbilt University (NJ1)
Decades of research point to the benefits of parent involvement in education. Research has also shown that white, middle-class parents are disproportionately involved. Charter schools, as schools of choice, have been assumed to have fewer involvement barriers for minority and low-income parents, but a 2007 survey of charter leaders found that parent involvement remains a significant challenge. Our exploratory research investigates specific strategies employed by charter schools with strong family engagement--distinct from parent involvement, as we will discuss--in order to examine whether traditional models of involvement fit the charter context or whether a new paradigm has emerged. An interview protocol is appended. (Contains 3 tables and 2 footnotes.) [This paper was prepared for School Choice and School Improvement: Research in State, District and Community Contexts, Vanderbilt University, October 25-27, 2009.]
National Center on School Choice, Vanderbilt University. Box 459 GPC, 230 Appleton Place, Nashville, TN 37203. Tel: 615-322-8107; Fax: 615-322-8828; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Vanderbilt University, National Center on School Choice; Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: Vanderbilt University, National Center on School Choice