ERIC Number: EJ1096227
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Abstractor: As Provided
The Family Liaison Position in High-Poverty, Urban Schools
Dretzke, Beverly J.; Rickers, Susan R.
Education and Urban Society, v48 n4 p346-363 May 2016
This study examined the roles and responsibilities of family liaisons working in urban schools with enrollments characterized by high poverty, high mobility, and ethnic diversity. Results indicated that the major responsibilities of the liaisons were creating a trusting and welcoming environment, facilitating parent involvement in the school, keeping parents informed on school-related topics, and connecting parents with resources. During job shadows, family liaisons were primarily observed coordinating parent involvement activities, interacting with students, performing routine office tasks, and carrying out other duties as assigned (e.g., cafeteria supervision). To increase their effectiveness, the liaisons requested greater job clarity, more flexibility in their formal work hours, and less time spent on other duties as assigned. In general, it appeared that the family liaisons investigated in this study placed a stronger emphasis on creating a welcoming environment and establishing trust than has been found in research on family liaisons in more affluent communities.
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Poverty, Family School Relationship, School Personnel, Student Mobility, Minority Group Students, Responsibility, Educational Environment, Parent Participation, Access to Information, Observation, Focus Groups, Interviews, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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