AbstractsEducation Research & Administration

Encouraging parent involvement in the elementary classroom

by Tina Xaochay Yang

Institution: California State University – Sacramento
Year: 2016
Keywords: Parental involvement in education; Elementary school children
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2132954
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/169101


School and family environments have the most influence on the development of elementary- aged children. Parent involvement in both the school and home setting has multiple benefits for the child. More efforts are needed for schools and families in low socioeconomic areas to work collaboratively. Ethnic, cultural, and language differences, socioeconomic barriers, parent efficacy, and the role of schools can prevent families from becoming involved in the school setting. The purpose of this project was to provide educators with essential information regarding the benefits of parent involvement and recommend activities and opportunities to increase parent involvement by overcoming perceived barriers. A single elementary school was selected as a case study in the Sacramento City Unified School District. Teachers provided feedback on the feasibility of the activities as well as their current practices to recruit parents. The training post assessment showed that teachers gained knowledge and were open to providing opportunities for parental involvement, but few parents consistently volunteered at their school. Advisors/Committee Members: Raskauskas, Juliana.