ERIC Number: EJ916120
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
Parents' Networking Strategies: Participation of Formal and Informal Parent Groups in School Activities and Decisions
Wanat, Carolyn L.
Journal of School Leadership, v20 n5 p633-668 Sep 2010
This case study examined parent groups' involvement in school activities and their participation in decision making. Research questions included the following: (1) What is the nature of parent groups in schools? (2) What activities and issues gain parent groups' attention and participation? (3) How do parent groups communicate concerns about school policies and practices? (4) What differences, if any, exist between formal and informal parent groups? Social network theory provided the framework for analysis. Seventeen parents in one K-6 elementary school participated in semistructured interviews. Data were analyzed with analytic induction. Participants' interactions around shared activities created dense networks that supported school activities and influenced school leaders' decision making.
Descriptors: Parent School Relationship, Case Studies, Social Theories, Parent Participation, Decision Making, Groups, Interests, Communication (Thought Transfer), Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Group Structure, Differences, Social Networks
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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