Capstone/Dissertation Title

How does providing parents with literacy strategies impact their involvement in their fourth grader's education?

Term

2008

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This capstone addresses the question, how does providing parents with literacy strategies impact their involvement in their fourth grader's education. It highlights a teacher's attempt to increase parents' involvement in their children's education by providing at-home learning activities to families. Collectively, these at-home learning activities focus on the main components of literacy. In order to reach out to all families, the at-home learning activities were sent home with children in their backpacks every Monday as well as posted on the classroom's webpage. Through surveys the parents provided feedback concerning parental involvement and communication between home and school. The author references her personal experiences, professional experiences, and research literature. The study concludes that not only does parental involvement increase when parents are provided with literacy activities, but also that a strong partnership between parents and teacher will increase parents' involvement in their child's educational journey.

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