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ERIC Number: EJ881831
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0741-9325
An Exploration of the Alienation Experienced by African American Parents from Their Children's Educational Environment
Brandon, Regina R.; Higgins, Kyle; Pierce, Tom; Tandy, Richard; Sileo, Nancy
Remedial and Special Education, v31 n3 p208-222 2010
Current research suggests that parents are a key component to the school success of their children. However, in today's world, parents often work long hours, have more than one job, and participate in multiple responsibilities that may limit their participation. Because of the variety of factors that impinge on parents, educators often criticize them for their nonparticipation or limited participation in the school environment. The purpose of this study was to determine the degree of alienation, if any, that African American parents feel toward public education. A modified version of the "Barriers to School Involvement Survey" was administered to 421 African American parents. The questionnaire was factored into five problem categories for analysis (e.g., personal concerns, work, lack of interest, logistics, teacher/parent relationships). Although significance was found among the five problem categories and across the six research questions (e.g., problem categories, employment status, economics, special education vs. general education, family composition, and parent education levels), the findings indicate that parents did not view the five problem categories as a concern impacting their school involvement. (Contains 14 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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