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PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN SCHOOLSA Research Proposal by Amy ReuthingerEDUC 518 Liberty University
Abstract■Many students may never reach their potential because of lack of parental involvement–Lack of parental involvement spans over every socioeconomic level and age of student ■Includes information and researched used for a comprehensive qualitative research case study■The literature seems to indicate that parental involvement increases overall academic performance in schools
Purpose of the Study ■The purpose of this study is to investigate what schools can do to increase parent involvement in schools■The research will look at what studies have already been done in this area and how parents and teachers feel about parental involvement. ■Schools need to figure out how to hold the parental figure to the responsibility that has been bestowed upon them
Definition of Key Terms–Wilder (2014) says:■Expectations that the parents have for the children in school ■Help on homework –Park and Holloway (2013) say:■“Parenting■Communicating with the school■Volunteering at the school■Facilitating children’s learning at home■Participating in decision making at the school■Collaborating within the community to improve the education system”Parental involvement:can be defined in many ways
Research Question■What can the schools do to increase parental involvement?■Follow up question:–How can parent-teacher communication increase parental involvement?
Definition of Key Terms Cont’d...■Mutual respect:–Between school, teachers, and parents–Delegation of roles ■Parents delegate role of academic educator to the teachers, but they are still the parent–Open lines of communication to be able to set goals in the classroom and for the students (McKenna & Millen, 2013)
Definition of Key Terms Cont’d...■Student performance:–Having involvement and support from the parents helps to increase students’ self-esteem, which boosts student performance in school (Kraft & Rodgers, 2015)–“Academic socialization:” parents have to set expectations, aspirations, and strategies for their students (Park & Holloway, 2013, p. 106)
Review of Literature■Schools are struggling to get parents to volunteer for class parties, field trips, and fundraisers–Teachers cannot do it alone, and students end up missing out ■Parents need to realize how big of a role they play in their children’s lives, especially in a school setting■Lack of parental involvement and communication gap in schools are steadily increasing