Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

2020

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Abraham S. Fischler College of Education

Advisor

David Weintraub

Committee Member

Lisa Ard

Committee Member

Kimberly Durham

Abstract

Parental involvement has been found by many researchers to be important in student academic success. However, many school leaders are challenged to get many parents actively involved in their child’s education. At the research site, for example, the researcher observed that many parents do not get actively involved in their child’s education, and they miss the school parental meeting or programs. If this problem is solved, school staff members or leaders would care and would benefit from it. The purpose of this study was to explore the perception of educators on the impact of parental involvement on student success and on the effective strategies that they use that can be used to increase parental involvement at a school on the central east coast of Florida. This study is guided by Epstein’s model of parental involvement. This study has two research questions that are about teachers’ perceptions on the efficacy of current attempts at parental involvement and teachers’ suggestions for improving parental involvement at the research site. The researcher used a qualitative case study design and one-on-one interviews to explore the perception of five teachers. The interviews were recorded and transcribed by using the Rev Voice Recorder App or the Rev Call Recorder App. The researcher used open coding to analyze the data. The study’s results showed that communication, school resources, and parental programs or events are effective in increasing parental involvement.

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