College of Education

Date of Award


Document Type

Directed Study in Education

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Frances R. Sherwood, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Kay F. Haney, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

G. Peter Ienatsch, Ph.D.


The perceptions of X.I.S.D.'s teachers and parents are studied to understand why a negative teacher attitude, concerning family involvement, seems to dominate the district. Participants perceived limited parents' support in special school activities, home tutoring, teacher-parent communications, preparing and organizing materials for teachers, and volunteering in committees that require parent representation. Parent participants that were experienced in the schools perceived parent involvement as assisting in the classrooms. Those individuals that perceived limited involvement probably get their attitudes in part from the concerns of administrators about parents' criticism as well as their belief that the district is financially able to provide for all the needs of the district. The district does not support family involvement and does not provide family involvement training for their teachers. However, parent participants and their families enhanced in areas of communication, self-esteem, self-worth, careers, and education, because of their involvement in their children's education. The literature review discusses the national parent involvement goal, benefits, barriers, and parents' and teachers' perceptions of family involvement.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.