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ERIC Number: ED544327
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 29
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
Parent Engagement in Education: Minneapolis Public Schools. Communiversity--CMV Report No. 023
Shkolnik, Anna
Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota
The ?goals ?of ?this ?research? study ?were ?to ?collect ?data ?from ?previous? surveys to ?frame ?and ?define ?the ?concept ?of "parent ?engagement," ?to ?gather ?information ?about the ?barriers ?that ?parents ?face ?in ?engaging ?with ?their ?children's ?education, ?and ?to? determine ?ways ?to ?increase ?parent ?engagement.??This ?information ?will ?help The Minneapolis ?Parent? Information ?Center (?MPIC) ?to better ?design ?programming ?to ?engage, ?recruit, ?and ?motivate ?parent ?participation within ?the ?Minneapolis ?Public ?School ?system. Data ?collection ?consisted ?of ?administering ?a ?written ?survey ?to ?parents ?and? grandparents ?of ?children ?enrolled ?or ?previously? enrolled ?in ?the?Minneapolis ?Public School ?system. ??An ?hour-long? focus ?group ?was? also ?conducted ?with ?a ?group ?of grandparents ?that ?are ?raising ?their ?grandchildren ?who ?meet ?at ?MPIC? regularly. ??Data analysis ?of ?the ?written ?survey? consisted ?of ?computing ?percentages ?for ?responses? chosen ?by ?the ?participants.??The ?focus ?group ?discussion ?was ?carefully? recorded ?and responses ?were ?coded ?in ?order ?to ?illuminate significant ?themes. ???Analysis ?showed ?that ?parents ?and? grandparents ?believe ?parent ?engagement ?is important ?and ?can? make ?a ?difference ?in ?their ?child's ?education. Based ?on ?the ?findings ?from? the ?written ?survey ?and ?feedback ?from? participants? in ?the ?focus ?group ?discussion, ?the ?task ?of ?increasing ?parent? engagement ?includes supporting ?and ?encouraging ?positive? parenting, ?creating ?at ?home ?learning environments ?and ?open, ?consistent, ?strong ?communication ?between ?schools ?and? families. Appended are: (1) MPIC Survey; and (2) Focus Group Questions. [This report was prepared in partnership with the Minneapolis Parent Information Center.]
Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota. 330 HHH Center, 301 19th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Tel: 612-625-1551; Fax: 612-626-0273; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota