Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1998

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Steven A. Schmitz

Second Committee Member

Franklin D. Carlson

Third Committee Member

Osman Alawiye


The relationship between student achievement and parental involvement was reviewed and found to be significant. A model project was developed to include seven migrant families intergenerationally within the context of the classroom. The purpose was to enhance the relationship between students and parents/guardians and between these low literacy families and the school institution. The result was projected to be a better understanding of each family's heritage, an increase in volunteerism at the school site, more interest in school work and accomplishment, and the possible residual effect of parental desire to improve their literacy skills.