Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Qualitative Study of Reciprocal Self-Disclosure and Parental School Engagement
by Armstead, Tara Joy, Ed.D., Grand Canyon University, 2019, 261; 13897373
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to explore how parents and teachers of sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students perceived reciprocal self-disclosure as an influencing aspect of school site parental engagement at a K-8 elementary school in Arizona. Led by two research questions: How do sixth, seventh, and eight grade parents perceive reciprocal self-disclosure as an influencing aspect of parental school site engagement at a K-8 elementary school in Arizona? How do sixth, seventh, and eight grade teachers perceive reciprocal self-disclosure as an influencing aspect of school site parental engagement at a K-8 elementary school in Arizona? Participants took part in 17 individual semi-structured interviews, were observed at two non-academic events, and personal feedback on 165 district provided parent surveys were reviewed. Through the theoretical foundations of social-exchange and social-penetration, the study addressed the gap in educational research regarding continuous parent and teacher social interactions in relation to its influence on parental school engagement. The use of MAXQDA software assisted in developing final themes. Participants were teachers with one or more years of teaching experience, or parents of students currently in middle school. Results showed that parents are more likely to engage with the campus outside of academics when they socially perceive positive levels of cohesiveness, trust, and respect. This study has implications to advance the field of education in understanding the role of parental engagement and its influence by social and cultural environments.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hansen, Kay
Commitee: Burner, Kerry, Palamino, Nydia
School: Grand Canyon University
Department: Doctoral Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 80/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational leadership, Middle School education, Education Policy
Keywords: Educational partnership, Educational stakeholders, Interpersonal interactions, Parent engagement, Parent involvement, Recriprocal self-disclosure
Publication Number: 13897373
ISBN: 9781392267578
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