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Parent/Caregiver Involvement in 2018: Past Challenges and Future Possibilities in a Technology-rich Society
by Hosick, Nanci D., Ed.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2018, 144; 13819970
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of the study was to explore how the use of technology can support parent/caregiver-teacher communications, thus allowing for parent/caregiver-teacher involvement through contemporary approaches. The study looked at how parent/caregivers and teachers define parent/caregiver involvement, what they see as barriers to parent/caregiver involvement, and how they believe technology can support the involvement experience.

The review of literature examines varying factors that influence parent/caregivers’ level of involvement in their children’s schooling, as well as three major influences that have the greatest impact on student achievement: family, school, and community. It also identifies barriers to parent/caregiver involvement. Although challenges exist at the family, school, and community levels, the review of literature shows that the child receives maximum benefit when all parties collaborate.

Interviews and surveys reveal how parent/caregivers and teachers of third-graders feel about parent/caregiver involvement and how technology affects communications between parent/caregivers and teachers. Findings indicate that parent/caregivers and teachers believe the use of technology supports parent/caregiver-teacher communications, therefore fostering parent/caregiver involvement. They believe it eases communication processes and allows parent/caregivers to be involved despite busy schedules. Parent/caregivers and teachers communicated that they still desire personal conversations with one another to address topics of concern, but, overall, they feel technology cultivates and supports parent/caregiver involvement.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kirk, Diane
Commitee: Akiva, Thomas, Kirk, Diane, Trovato, Chalene
School: University of Pittsburgh
Department: Administrative and Policy Studies
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 80/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education, Elementary education
Keywords: Parent communication through technology, Parent involvement, Parent involvement through technology, Parent-teacher communication
Publication Number: 13819970
ISBN: 978-0-438-77717-0
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