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ERIC Number: ED558940
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 138
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3032-7729-0
Single African American Fathers and Their Perceptions of Their Involvement in Their Children's Education
Johnson, Sherrie L.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
Researchers affirm that culture, teaching, and learning are interconnected and there is a link between student achievement and parent involvement. Research has shown suggestions that parent involvement correlates positively with academic success for most students, and the more parents are involved in a child's education, both at home and at school, the more academically successful the child will be. In this basic qualitative research study, the perceptions of nine single African American fathers about their level of involvement in the education of their elementary-school-aged children were examined. In-depth interview questions were used to collect data for the study. These questions gave the participants an opportunity to share thoughts and personal feelings, to offer suggestions as to how the schools can help fathers feel more welcome in the school environment, and to suggest ways that the schools could accommodate fathers to become more involved with the school, as well as in the home. The study's findings included examples and suggestions from the fathers for schools and school districts to implement as a way to encourage single African American fathers to be more involved in their children's education. The conclusion of the major findings of this study was that these fathers have a desire to be more involved in the lives of their children's academics, and they are serious about their children obtaining a quality education. It was also concluded that all nine fathers were looking for an opportunity to share their stories with anyone willing to listen. All nine fathers wanted their children to be successful and become productive citizens. The implications of this study were that specific policies need to be created and enforced by the school district for accountability of their services provided. This may eliminate the communication deficits with single fathers and generate a nurturing and more inviting school environment. The school could use the information obtained in this study to promote a positive and caring atmosphere toward all parents who may enter the school. [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 Education
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Language: English
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