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Examining family -school partnerships: A case study of parents' perceptions of parental involvement in a Hawaiian language immersion middle school


2001 2001

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Abstract (summary)

Parents' involvement in their children's schooling is generally acknowledged as one of the most important predictors of school success. Although there are many ways that parents can choose to become involved, variables such as school invitingness, parents' constructions of their roles with regard to school matters, and sense of self-efficacy all contribute to the degree and extent of parental involvement. The purpose of this study was to identify some of the variables that impede and enhance involvement of middle school parents whose children are enrolled in a Hawaiian language immersion program on the island of Maui. Based upon structured and semi-structured interviews, observations, and document analysis, involvement practices among these families were compared with those of families in the traditional English language program at the same middle school. Qualitative analyses of interview data suggested that the parents of Hawaiian immersion students were generally more involved in the classroom program (e.g., attending field trips) and adopted roles that involved program decision-making (e.g., parent board member). Parent perceptions of school invitingness appeared to play a key role in these outcomes. Implications from this study suggest that involvement can be enhanced when parents have opportunities for meaningful roles in schools' decision-making processes. In addition, results suggest the cultural match between family and school is an important consideration for promoting positive family-school partnerships.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Secondary education;
Language arts;
Families & family life;
Personal relationships;
Sociology
Classification
0533: Secondary education
0279: Language arts
0628: Families & family life
0628: Personal relationships
0628: Sociology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Education; Family-school partnerships; Hawaiian; Language immersion; Middle school; Parent involvement
Title
Examining family -school partnerships: A case study of parents' perceptions of parental involvement in a Hawaiian language immersion middle school
Author
Lau-Smith, Jo-Anne Ngit-Yung
Number of pages
127
Publication year
2001
Degree date
2001
School code
0085
Source
DAI-A 62/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780493146522, 0493146520
Advisor
Yamauchi, Lois A.
University/institution
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
University location
United States -- Hawaii
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3005215
ProQuest document ID
304699313
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304699313
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