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ERIC Number: ED548956
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 122
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2677-4099-1
Low Income African Americans' Parental Involvement in Intermediate Schools: Perceptions, Practices, and Influences
Petty, Benjamin
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Sam Houston State University
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine how the parental involvement perceptions, practices, and influences of low-income African Americans in an intermediate school setting are affected by low-incomes. Although involving African American parents in the educational process is a difficult task for educators (Alldred & Edwards, 2000; Anderson, 2000; Bradley, Johnson, & Rawls, 2005; O'Bryan, Braddock, & Dawkins, 2006; Sui-Chu & Willms, 1996), the significant impact that African American parents' involvement has on the academic success of their children has been documented (Alldred & Edwards, 2000; Fah & Chen, 1999; Pena, 2000; VanVoorhis, 2003). Thus, this qualitative study may advance the understanding of parental involvement among low-income African American parents at the intermediate school level. Method: Qualitative methods were employed to describe the perceptions, practices, and influences of low-income African American parents in two separate intermediate schools. Participants in this study were 6 families, all of whom had children at one of the two intermediate schools used in this study. In addition, each of the participants was considered to be low-income based on their participation in the free or reduced lunch program. Face to face interviews were held to gain information related to participants' descriptions of their experiences. Findings: Several themes were revealed through the qualitative data analyses. These themes were (a) personal relationships with parents and students, (b) importance of communication, (c) work schedules hinder parental involvement, (d) apathy of African American parents, (e) supporting education at home, (f) importance of a positive, inviting, school environment, and (g) the schools are doing a good job. Implications: Relevant implications based on the findings of my study are the importance of (a) increasing the parental involvement of low-income African American parents in intermediate schools, (b) increasing efforts to improve communication with low-income African American parents, and (c) building relationships with low-income African American parents to increase parental involvement. [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: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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