Parental involvement: Attitudes and experiences of urban parents

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Brannon, Hannah Elizabeth
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The purpose of this study was to better understand the attitudes and experiences of parents of children living in poverty about being involved in their child's education. The literature review identified three possible causes of the lack of parental involvement in schools educating children of poverty: life contexts, parent's beliefs about their involvement in their child's education, and parent's personal experiences. For the purpose of this study, one-on-one interviews were used as the method of data collection. Eleven parents of children attending a local Title I school were interviewed. The results of the study showed that the participants had a firm understanding of their responsibilities in regards to their child's education, but they were lacking the time and energy to actually follow through with those activities. Information gained from the study could be used by educators to help encourage parents to become more involved in their child's education.
Education, Preschool; Education, Elementary; Families