ERIC Number: EJ923234
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Parental Involvement: The Missing Link in School Achievement
LaRocque, Michelle; Kleiman, Ira; Darling, Sharon M.
Preventing School Failure, v55 n3 p115-122 2011
The value of parental participation is widely accepted, but participation is difficult to promote and maintain. Schools are becoming more diverse, and a great challenge facing educators is meeting the needs of all students. Closing the achievement gap and increasing student learning requires the collaboration of various interested groups, most notably parents. Families play an important role in creating a school that meets their child's needs, yet teachers admit they have little information or training on how to effectively work with diverse parents. In this article, numerous strategies for addressing barriers to school involvement and participation are presented. Methods for using families' cultures and experiences are also explored as a base for new learning and understanding.
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, School Involvement, Parent Participation, Academic Achievement, Parent School Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Cultural Differences, Barriers, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Parent Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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