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ERIC Number: ED519060
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 190
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1242-0632-5
Engaging Latino Parents in Literacy Experiences at Two Urban Elementary Schools
Carter, Bettie R.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
The increased immigrant population in American schools has resulted in large numbers of parents who are unable to help their children achieve academic success because of language barriers and low literacy skills. The purpose of the study was to examine the impact of Latino parents' reading proficiency on engagement with their children. Epstein's typology of home school partnerships provided the conceptual framework for this study. The research questions addressed parental self-efficacy and changes in perceptions of involvement as a result of participation in the My Reading Coach program, a literacy skills treatment. This explanatory sequential mixed-methods study included a survey, focus groups, and the My Reading Coach treatment for the experiment group; the comparison group was comprised of Latino parents who participated in parent activities at the research sites that did not include the My Reading Coach program. Analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) was used to analyze pre and post survey results of parents' perceptions of their involvement in their children's education. Quantitative data were supported by qualitative observation notes of the treatment and focus group data. Data results indicated that parents' perceptions of their contribution to children's academic success positively changed after receiving the treatment. Based on these findings, the conclusion was that educators could strengthen their academic programs by addressing parent needs and working collaboratively with parents to promote student academic achievement. Implications for social change include identifying and implementing strategies for effective parental involvement that promote home school partnerships to improve student academic achievement. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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