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ERIC Number: EJ1155464
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1558-2159
Parent Resource Centers: An Innovative Mechanism for Parental Involvement in School Choice Decisions
Wao, Hesborn; Hein, Vanessa L.; Villamar, Roger; Chanderbhan-Forde, Susan; Lee, Reginald S.
Journal of School Choice, v11 n3 p334-356 2017
This qualitative investigation reports on the use of Parent Resource Centers (PRCs) as a mechanism for parental involvement in public school choice decisions. Interviews with parents and staff at seven PRCs in Florida revealed that PRCs employ multiple strategies to communicate choice information to parents: community-, school- and media-based outreach; outreach to hard-to-reach parents; and collaboration with other agencies. Personalized assistance and provision of choice materials are also highlighted as useful strategies. Results indicate that there is low level of awareness about school choice options among parents and thus clear and consistent communication of choice information is needed. While PRCs hold promise for increasing parental engagement in school choice, structural and systemic barriers to exercising choice decisions such as transportation and collaboration between schools and PRCs should be addressed. Methodologically, this study illustrates the power of triangulating data from parents and PRCs to illuminate our understanding of how parents make choice decisions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida
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