College of Education

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Project Report

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Pete Ienatsch, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Frances Johnson, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Susan M. Lara, Ed.D.


This report examines many recent cultural and family unit changes that have affected the home-school relationship. It addresses reasons for implementing parental involvement, the different programs available and assessment procedures. There are several key components in a parental involvement program: promoting parents as educators, training teachers to cooperate with families, promoting cooperation among families, involving the larger community and presenting family learning activities. These aspects have shown significant benefits to school staff members, students, and parents. How these relate to each other, identifies the positive expectation of the responsibility of education for all concerned. There are a variety of ways school personnel can enhance the role of parents, thus breaking the barriers to collaboration and closing the distance between home and school



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