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ERIC Number: ED417251
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Pages: 55
Abstractor: N/A
A Descriptive Study: Parental Opinion and Teacher-Student Perceptions Regarding Parents' Involvement in Their Children's Education and Development.
Freeman, Maria A.; Karr-Kidwell, PJ
Using surveys and data from the Dallas Public School District (Texas), this study examined the perceptions of parents, students, and teachers about parents' involvement in their children's education and development. In addition, academic achievement at the two study schools was examined. At one school (School A), 63 of 100 parents surveyed responded, and 63 students in grades 5 and 6 completed the student survey. At the second school (School B), 81 parents responded, as did 81 fifth and sixth graders. Teachers from both schools answered the teacher survey. Responses showed that communication between the school and parents was better at School A, and that School A also had a lower proportion of nonparticipating parents, when participation was measured by several factors, including participation in the Parent Teacher Association. Student perceptions of parental involvement often differed from the ideas parents had about their own participation, but were apt to resemble the ideas of other students. School A was considered a high performance school in terms of state and district assessments, while School B did not meet expectations. At both schools, however, teachers believed that they were reaching out to parents. These results suggest the benefits of parent involvement in the schools. Parents must be made to feel that they are the true owners of the school. Nine appendixes contain study materials, the surveys, and graphs of responses among the various constituencies. (Contains 74 references and 9 appendices.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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