Capstone/Dissertation Title

The Necessity of Parent Involvement in Education: One Teacher's Personal Experiences

Term

Spring 2-25-2015

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Anthony Berman

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Jodi Hoscheit

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Jennifer Cordes

Abstract

The research question explored in this Capstone was, can encouraging positive parent involvement enrich students’ education? It follows the author's journey as from early childhood through being an educator and how parent involvement has both positively and negatively affected the educational learning of students. A key influence for the work was Judy Caplan, who wrote about parent involvement and researched key ways for parents to be more involved. This story starts with a personal experience, researches what experts say about parent involvement in education, creates a survey for other educators to better understand the material, analyzes the data, and concludes with an explanation of how the author will use the material which has been researched.

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