Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Parental involvement: How much is enough and what can schools do to encourage it?
by Peters, Meredith J., M.A., The William Paterson University of New Jersey, 2012, 62; 1519611
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mahon, Emily
Commitee: Parrillo, Vincent
School: The William Paterson University of New Jersey
Department: Sociology
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
Publication Number: 1519611
ISBN: 978-1-267-65336-9
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