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ERIC Number: ED550318
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 155
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2678-0427-3
Examining the Perceptions of Parental Involvement in Schools: Implications for Changing Roles for School Leaders from the Voices of the Community
Jojola, Tracia Keri
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, New Mexico State University
Research studies have demonstrated that effective parental involvement correlates with positive academic success. This study sought to gain more insight into the perceptions of parents and caregivers of Navajo children enrolled in a K-12 tribally controlled, public, charter, or Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) operated schools. By completing a survey questionnaire, parents were able to share their attitudes about education, their satisfaction with schools, their awareness of the degree to which schools value the Navajo culture, their involvement within schools, and the schools expectations for their children. The survey questionnaire utilized in this study was adapted from a prior research study conducted by Dr. Carol Robinson-Zanartu in 1996. The data gathered from the parent participants were analyzed utilizing descriptive statistics and the open-ended responses were coded for themes. The overall purpose of this parental involvement research study was to gain valuable insight into the perspectives of parents from a small, rural, New Mexico community, in order to work towards creating a bridge between home and school for these Navajo students. The statistical analyses found that parents are supportive of the schools in which their children attend. They have positive attitudes regarding education, satisfaction with schools, report they are involved within schools, and feel that schools have expectations for their children. Narrative comments display the parents' desires for schools to provide more Navajo language and culture into the school system and more school activities which integrate the language. Parents requested for schools to have higher expectations for their children and provide programs that reflect school support. Parents also offered suggestions for increased involvement ranging from classroom assistance to curriculum 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: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Mexico