ERIC Number: EJ935842
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 11
Phrase versus Phase: Family Engagement
Ferrara, Margaret M.
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v84 n5 p180-183 2011
Parents and their roles in schools, public or private, often become the bed of heated discussions. "Parent involvement" is yesterday's buzz word; today, it is "family involvement." The phrase "parent involvement" connotes an image of parents being involved in their children's education. Family involvement is a more encompassing concept, embracing the multiple types of parent structures. Some researchers are now calling for teachers and administrators to embrace a higher level of family involvement with the more encompassing term of "family engagement." They write that "engagement" connotes a richer association between the home and the school. A qualitative research design was developed to explore a simple question: Is "family engagement" simply a new phrase or is it a synonym for "family involvement?" This study explored to what degree school leaders gained an understanding of family engagement; more importantly, to what degree did the administrators and teachers implement "family engagement" by the end of the first year?
Descriptors: Research Design, Qualitative Research, Parent Participation, Family Involvement, Parent School Relationship, Parents, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, High Schools, Administrators
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; High Schools; Middle Schools
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