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Family Involvement and Cultural Sensitivity: A School's Response to a Changing Demographic

dc.contributor.authorOrlowski, Christine E.
dc.descriptionThis study was an exploratory, qualitative study about parent and school perspectives on parent involvement. Research was done using survey and interview methods with parents and school personnel. This paper fulfilled the requirements of Psychology 2990: Honors Research, Professor Craig Smith.en_US
dc.description.abstractWhile encouraging parents who are not native English speakers to support their children's learning can be challenging for schools, there are strategies schools can implement to increase involvement for all parent groups. The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine parental involvement at a public elementary school with a high Latino population from perspectives of the school staff members and parents. Specifically, the aim of the study was to determine group beliefs about parent involvement and to discover if group beliefs were similar. Seven staff members were interviewed and 37 parents of Kindergarten to fourth grade students responded to surveys about parent involvement efforts and related beliefs. Results suggested that themes such as understanding families, accommodating families' needs, making opportunities available for parents, and encouraging involvement were important to staff members. Additionally, school and parents indicated similar perceptions of the school being a welcoming place and low reports of child and teacher invitations to involvement. Results are discussed in terms of implications for school practice and suggestions for further work.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciencesen_US
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.subjectparent involvementen_US
dc.subjectcultural sensitivityen_US
dc.subject.lcshSocial psychologyen_US
dc.subject.lcshHome and school -- Cross-cultural studiesen_US
dc.subject.lcshEducation -- Parent participationen_US
dc.subject.lcshHispanic American parentsen_US
dc.subject.lcshTeachers -- Attitudesen_US
dc.titleFamily Involvement and Cultural Sensitivity: A School's Response to a Changing Demographicen_US
dc.description.collegePeabody Collegeen_US
dc.description.departmentPsychology and Human Developmenten_US

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