Ed.D. Dissertations

Date of Award

12-2019

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

College

College of Education

Department

Education

Degree Name

Doctorate of Education, Ed.D.

Faculty Chair

Edward Kim Ph.D.

Content Specialist

Trish Lichau Ph.D.

Content Reader

Theresa Kanai Ph.D.

Keywords

parental involvement, parent–teacher partnership, parent and teacher’s communication, barriers to parental involvement, Epstein framework

Abstract

The impact of parental involvement in education, as well as parents’ relationships with educators, has been of great interest to researchers in education. Researchers have recorded numerous benefits of the influence of parental involvement in the quality of education and the academic achievement of students. Directed by Epstein’s framework of involvement, the purpose of this qualitative explanatory case study was to understand the teachers’ perspectives on parental involvement and how these relate to parental involvement in an inner-city school in a large public-school district in North Carolina that has low parental involvement. The data collection methods include interviews, follow-up interviews, and documents. Purposeful sampling was used to identify a total of 10 participants who are teachers with at least five years of teaching experience. The acquired data were transcribed, coded, and analyzed for various themes. The data analysis uncovered seven themes that reflected the teachers’ perspective of parental involvement. Findings from this research are essential in understanding teachers’ views associated with parental involvement in schools in the context of North Carolina. The research also revealed the essential roles played by teachers in the lives of children. The facilitating factors recommended by teachers would help to draft strategies for implementation and integration in the school improvement plans in the existing educational system. Results from this study present a model/policy implication that other schools struggling with lack of parental involvement can implement.

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