This study investigated how much parental involvement occurred between participants and their children, what kind of involvement was used, and what school programs exist and should exist in order to encourage parental involvement. A sample of 75 parents selected by way of convenience and snowball sampling was used. A survey instrument was utilized and included multiple choice, checklists, and open ended questions in order to determine the attitudes and practices of parents toward involvement and their opinions about school programs. In summary, all eight hypotheses were supported by this study although significance levels differed. This study showed relatively positive scores pertaining to the amount of direct and indirect involvement of participants and their children. Also, utilizing Joyce Epstein's framework of the “Six Types of Involvement for School, Family, Community Partnerships,” participants' survey answers matched perfectly within each of Epstein's categories of involvement, proving that most participants used various methods for involvement. These findings may prove useful for all schools in strengthening their efforts to gain parental support in students' education.
|School:||The William Paterson University of New Jersey|
|School Location:||United States -- New Jersey|
|Source:||MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social research, Elementary education, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||Behavior, Involvement, Parents, Programs, Schools, Success|
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