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ERIC Number: ED563630
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 165
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3035-2772-2
Parental Engagement Using Effective Communication for K-2 Students in an Urban School
Bradley, Lynn Renee'
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Parental involvement is a factor in student achievement. Low parental engagement at home and school has created a problem in an urban elementary school. Guided by Epstein's 6 types of parental involvement, the purpose of this case study was to examine and describe the perspectives of 17 parents of K-2 students in an urban school in Michigan. Few studies have concentrated on the problem of low parental engagement between home and school in Grades K-2. In addition, there have been few discussions on using resources to increase parental engagement within these foundational grades. The methods and tools that the school used to implement parental engagement, as well as communication that may have existed, were examined. Data were collected from parents through structured focus groups and interviews; these data were then collected, transcribed, and analyzed using an open-coding analysis process and member checking. Key findings revealed that while the parents had positive things to say about the school and staff, they also believed that communication between home and school needed to be more timely and clear. Results also indicated that low parental engagement was related to conflicts with parents' work schedules or apathy from the parents in becoming more engaged. The social significance of this study is that new strategies and resources could be brought to the forefront. These strategies and resources could lead to initiatives to evoke timely, effective, reciprocal communication between home and school and increase parental engagement, which could affect a student's academic achievement. [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; Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 1; Grade 2
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan