Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

2010

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department

Education

Committee Chair

Steven Schmitz

Second Committee Member

S. Nourse

Third Committee Member

M. Britto

Abstract

Secondary research was performed to obtain an overview of parent involvement in schools with low socioeconomic status and ethnically diverse populations. Within the project, different ethnicities' typical values and perceptions of appropriate involvement in a child's education were presented. These perceptions often contradict educators' perceptions of parent involvement, which generally takes on a white, middle class perspective. The purpose of the project is to better inform educators about the variety of ethnicities. As a result, this project addressed challenges to parent involvement and suggested possible solutions/interventions to bridge the gap between educators and families.