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ERIC Number: EJ1159887
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
The School-Parent Relationship across Different Income Levels
Matthews, Alison; McPherson-Berg, Sherry L.; Quinton, Adalcy; Rotunda, Robert S.; Morote, Elsa-Sofia
Journal for Leadership and Instruction, v16 n1 p15-21 Spr 2017
The purpose of this study was to investigate how the school-parent relationship (volunteering, outreach, and communicating) in schools differs among the poverty level of students. One hundred eighty-nine middle school parents answered a parental involvement survey. Comparisons were made between the poverty level of students (free and reduced lunch) and the school-parent relationship. Parent respondents represented high and low poverty groups. The school-parent relationship was categorized into three different variables: volunteering, outreach, and communicating. An independent sample t-test was conducted to compare the three variables. It was found that there was a significant difference in how schools communicate with parents from different income levels. Low income parents were less satisfied with the manner in which their child's school communicated with them. There was no significant difference in the other two variables (volunteering and outreach) across income levels. Cultural sensitivity training is recommended.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
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