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ERIC Number: ED538312
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Engaging Families at the Secondary Level: What Schools Can Do to Support Family Involvement. A Strategy Brief of the National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools
Ferguson, Chris; Rodriguez, Victor
National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools
Commonly, when parents attempt to talk to their teenagers about school, the response is short and uninformative. Adults, whether teachers or family members, have taken this resistance as a sign of rejection. However, research in this field shows that, in fact, teenagers do want to interact with their parents, as well as other adults, and have them involved in their lives (Duffett & Johnson, 2004). Educators have also assumed that parents aren't as involved or as interested in the progress of their adolescent children. However, Shaver and Walls (1998) have found that parents do have a desire to be involved in lives of their adolescent children, regardless of their economic status or ethnicity. Parents just aren't always successful in their efforts, so they tend to be more cautious in their actions. The crux of family-school involvement at the middle and high school level is determining the kinds of adult interactions that not only allow teenagers to have autonomy and respect but also meet the needs of families and schools. This paper presents strategies for encouraging salient family engagement at the secondary level.
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: connections@sedl.org; Web site: http://www.sedl.org/connections
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: SEDL National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools