Capstone/Dissertation Title

How can schools guide kindergarten parents to be effectively involved in their child's education?

Term

2009

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

Research on parent involvement was used to learn how schools can guide kindergarten parents to become effectively involved in their child's education. When schools know home-school partnership opportunities parents value and are likely to participate in, they can implement opportunities which suit the needs of the families they serve. This paper addresses types of parental involvement, impacts of parental involvement, barriers to parental involvement, encouraging parental involvement, school strategies to increase parental involvement, and necessary considerations when planning for and implementing parental involvement opportunities. The process and results of conducting parent and teacher focus group interviews regarding welcoming of parents, volunteer opportunities, home-school communication, and parent education are presented. The process and results of conducting parent and teacher surveys regarding the value of and likelihood of participation in parent involvement opportunities are reported.

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