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

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dc.contributor.author Orlowski, Christine E.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-03T18:55:14Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-03T18:55:14Z
dc.date.issued 2010-04-21
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/4049
dc.description This 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.abstract While 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.sponsorship Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Vanderbilt University en_US
dc.subject parent involvement en_US
dc.subject school en_US
dc.subject cultural sensitivity en_US
dc.subject Latino en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Social psychology en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Home and school -- Cross-cultural studies en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Education -- Parent participation en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Hispanic American parents en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Teachers -- Attitudes en_US
dc.title Family Involvement and Cultural Sensitivity: A School's Response to a Changing Demographic en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.college Peabody College en_US
dc.description.department Psychology and Human Development en_US

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