ERIC Number: EJ869461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Alternatives to Advisory Boards: Designing Parent Groups for Participation
Wanat, Carolyn L.
Journal of School Public Relations, v30 n2 p92-127 Spr 2009
This article proposes Hackman and Oldham's (1980) model of work group design to structure parent groups for involvement in school activities and decision making. Parent interviews from three studies of parental involvement provide examples to support this proposal. Participants in these studies described experiences working in groups. Parents' comments about satisfying experiences met the model's criteria for effectiveness; frustrating experiences met criteria for ineffectiveness. This article describes characteristics of parent work groups according to the model's key design features. Structuring parent groups using this model would establish positive relationships in the school community while increasing benefits of parental involvement in schools. Principals may play a key role in creating and maintaining parent groups.
Descriptors: School Activities, Parent Participation, Groups, Parent School Relationship, Participative Decision Making, Interviews, Parent Attitudes, Models, Principals, Administrator Role, Interpersonal Communication
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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