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The purpose of this research project was to examine how meaningful family engagement with schools is perceived by Karen families. In-home interviews, a focus group, and school event sign-in forms were used to collect data. Families were asked to reflect on their experiences with their child’s school, how they felt involved, supported, and what more they would like to see offered in regards to support and engagement. Results showed that the families perceived meaningful family engagement to be culturally relevant, relational, and as being equipped with resources that empower them to support their children. Furthermore, the data collected from event sign-in forms reflected the numeric trends of participation for specific populations and confirmed the disconnect between events offered and participation of Karen families. Based on the responses from the families and lack of participation in events, recommendations are made to promote meaningful family engagement for the Karen and all non-traditional families in the school setting.
Focus Group, Interview
Mattson, Emily, "Meaningful Family Engagement in Schools: Karen Family Perspectives" (2019). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 4476.
School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations