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ERIC Number: EJ856686
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0965-0792
Changing Directions: Participatory Action Research as a Parent Involvement Strategy
Snell, Patricia; Miguel, Nola; East, Jean
Educational Action Research, v17 n2 p239-258 Jun 2009
This paper examines the implementation of a participatory action research study as a parent involvement strategy in one urban, Colorado middle school thought to have low parental involvement. Parent leaders from the middle school community participated in the data collection, analysis, and dissemination as "promotora researchers." These parent promotora researchers facilitated parent focus group sessions, collectively analyzed data, presented findings to the school community, and reflected on their personal experience throughout the study. Findings revealed that parent participants perceive themselves to be significantly involved in their children's lives at home in ways that are not recognized under traditional definitions of parent involvement. The participatory action research design was found to be an effective strategy for parent involvement for school improvement. (Contains 1 note and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado