Exploring school-family partnerships: a case study of teachers', parents', and students' perceptions of parental involvement in a middle level school



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Texas Tech University


Using overlapping spheres of influence as a framework, the purpose of this case study was to explore teachers', parents', and students' perceptions of school-family partnerships in the education of early adolescents. Each teacher, parent, and student brings a unique set of perceptions and beliefs about parental involvement into the school family partnership. These perceptions influence each individual's role, their relationships, and the interactions between the schools and families.

This study included parents, teachers, and students who participated in parental invol ement activities at Redwood Junior High School (pseudonym, RJHS) or at schoolsponsored events. A close explorafion of the types of activities in which parents at this school were involved, as well as how these activities were initiated and maintained provided a background for examining their attitudes toward parentl involvement and the roles they believe each group should play.