Capstone/Dissertation Title

How perceived parent involvement affects day-to-day participation in the middle school classroom

Term

2011

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Abstract

The research question addressed is, how does perceived parent involvement in education affect middle school students' day-to-day participation in the classroom? The motivating factor for this capstone was the differences seen between parent involvement in the Alternative Learning Centers and mainstream arenas. The capstone documents one teacher's attempt to collect information regarding perceived parent involvement through student survey and interviews. It integrated current research on perceived parent involvement, as well as first hand research to describe the affects involvement has on hand-raising, completed in class work, and participation grade. The author documents four students perceived parent involvement in middle school, which can be a pivotal time for students in terms of development as well as the time when parents start to change their involvement from direct to perceived or none at all. She describes the success parent involvement can have on participation grades and behaviors in the classroom.

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