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ERIC Number: EJ1006490
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0044-118X
Identifying and Decreasing Barriers to Parent Involvement for Inner-City Parents
Williams, Terrinieka T.; Sanchez, Bernadette
Youth & Society, v45 n1 p54-74 Mar 2013
Previous studies demonstrate the positive effects of parental involvement on student grade point averages (GPAs), standardized tests scores, and other academic outcomes. Because of the positive role of parental involvement on youth academic achievement, many parents and school personnel desire more collaboration between the family and the school. However, obstacles often arise prohibiting such positive interactions, especially for inner-city African American parents. In this study, parents and school personnel at a predominantly African American inner-city high school completed in-depth interviews regarding the barriers to involving parents in their children's education. Parents and school personnel identified barriers that fit into four descriptive categories: (a) time poverty, (b) lack of access, (c) lack of financial resources, and (d) lack of awareness. Suggestions for decreasing barriers were also discussed. Findings suggest that taking family context into consideration during the planning phases of school-based programs and events improve parental involvement. Implications and recommendations for practitioners are discussed. (Contains 3 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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