Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Privacy Rights for Families and Children in K-12 Schools: A Mixed-Methods Study on the Effects of Perceptions of Educators on Implementation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
by Cunha, Michele Lee, Ed.D., Concordia University Irvine, 2018, 186; 10843290
Abstract (Summary)

In the 1960s and 1970s, there was an important issue in education that dealt with student privacy. Student education records were not accessible to parents, and important decisions were being made for the students without input from the parents. Based on this abuse, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was signed into law.

The purpose of this study was to determine if site administrators and teachers from educational institutions understand how to enforce FERPA. This study assessed the site administrators’ understanding of FERPA via a survey with questions on the knowledge of FERPA, student data, and student/parent rights. The study also assessed the impact of providing FERPA training to site administrators with a pre- and post-test. Interviews were conducted with the teachers to gain an understanding of their knowledge of FERPA with questions on student confidentiality and student data. The methodology for this study was a mixed-methods approach that used a one-group pretest-posttest design for the quantitative research and was supplemented by the qualitative data.

The results presented in this study contribute to the research literature on the importance of being trained in FERPA to enforce compliance and protect student confidentiality and privacy. Although there was a small sample size, there were slight increases from the pre-test to the post-test, which reinforces the importance of being trained on FERPA.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Collins, Deborah
Commitee: Jones, Valencia, Wolk, Emily
School: Concordia University Irvine
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 79/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Law, Educational leadership, Education Policy, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Children, Educators, Families, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), K-12 schools, Privacy rights
Publication Number: 10843290
ISBN: 978-0-438-21192-6
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