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ERIC Number: ED536948
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun-16
Pages: 102
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 52
The School-Family Connection: Looking at the Larger Picture. A Review of Current Literature
Ferguson, Chris
National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools
Educators as well as noneducators often question the value of family involvement. Does it really make a difference? According to the research, the answer is yes. Sometimes, results come in more traditional measures--student achievement, attendance, or behavior. Unfortunately, efforts to increase meaningful family engagement in school are often set aside no matter what the research says, waiting for a more convenient or appropriate time to address them. Moreover, the time and energy to start and support continued involvement can be daunting when considering the other demands made on school staff. This set of studies provides greater clarity about creating partnerships among schools, families, and community groups. Most importantly, these studies provide insight into the how and why of programs adopting contextually driven approaches rather than limiting efforts to those activities that are convenience to school staff, time, and facilities. This document is intended to review the current literature on school-family connections and provide both educators and noneducators with the information they need to increase meaningful family involvement and develop structures and strategies to support this work. Appended are: (1) A matrix of the trends across the studies; (2) An explanation of the types of research studies included in the review; (3) Detailed descriptions of more than 30 documents that study family involvement published between 2005 and 2008; and (4) Detailed Information on Current Research Describing the Effect of Working Systemically to Improve Student Performance That Promotes Family-School Connections as an Important Aspect of Working Systemically.(Contains 7 tables, 1 graphic, and 71 footnotes.) [This paper was prepared with contributions from Manica Ramos, Zena Rudo, and Lacy Wood.]
National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools. 4700 Mueller Boulevard, Austin, TX 78723. Tel: 800-476-6861; Fax: 512-476-2286; e-mail:
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: SEDL National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools
IES Cited: ED557977