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ERIC Number: EJ1121334
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
A Case Study: Feeling Safe and Comfortable at School
Hall, Rose A.
Journal for Leadership and Instruction, v15 n2 p28-31 Fall 2016
During the 2013-2014 school year, a case study on parent involvement was conducted at an elementary school in Florida's Broward County, the 9th largest school district in our nation. The study's goal was to identify a systematic schema for evaluating parent involvement in the school lives of students that would allow researchers to examine the possible influences of parent involvement on the students' school success. The schema identified a number of possible influences that warranted further analysis, but it was a third grader in the study who was best able to articulate one of the most critical components necessary to ensure students experience school success and safety. During a study interview, the third (3rd) grader was asked, "What's the best thing about your teacher getting to know your family?" Without hesitation, he responded, "I feel safe here now." This student's response highlights a hallmark of the study: other participants (i.e. teachers, parents and students) also expressed an increased sense of security once parent involvement became a more regular part of the students' school lives. They were vocal about various aspects of parent involvement (i.e. regular communication and increased rapport between all parties) making them feel safe enough to ask for assistance. Their responses revealed that, for them, parent involvement was an important vehicle on the road to school success.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida
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