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ERIC Number: EJ900180
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1990-3839
Collaboration and Communication as Effective Strategies for Parent Involvement in Public Schools
Mestry, Raj; Grobler, Bennie
Educational Research and Reviews, v2 n7 p176-185 Jul 2007
In South African educational literature and educational research, the influence of the home and family environment on school achievement has not received the attention it deserves. The study under review shows that parents who play an active role in the homework and study programmes of their children contribute to their good performance in schools. Although the South African Schools Act creates expectations for parents to be active partners in school governance, our research shows that they are not all participating meaningfully in their children's education. This is evident in the low attendance at many parents' meetings, their lack of involvement in fundraising projects and the lack of interest shown by many in their children's schoolwork and homework. This article examines two factors, namely collaboration and communication, as effective strategies for active parental involvement in schools. A quantitative research was used to determine the perceptions of teachers regarding aspects of parental involvement in school governance that were considered essential. The findings revealed, amongst others, that collaboration and communication determined the parents' commitment to the education of their children and the role they play in school governance. The research affirms the view that input from the parent community was crucial in both co-curricular and extra-curricular programmes of the school. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa