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Transcript of Research Proposal:
Parent involvement in education is widely recognized as important, yet it remains unclear what teachers expect or want of parents and what parents understand is expected of them.
The purpose of this study is to understand and clarify the levels of parental involvement so both parents and school staff are in
with the same vision
parents working behind the scenes (no time spent on campus) receive due credit.
1. How does
between parents and teachers impact the level of
regarding parents’ perspective and alternative forms of positive communication
with parental involvement?
Participants and Collaborators
selected parents & teachers
This will be a mixed methods study which will include two questionnaires and an experimental study between two groups of teacher/campuses.
Based on the 1st questionnaire (A) submitted, a professional development course will be created and offered to three of the six campuses.
At the end of the full academic year, parents will once again be given the same questionnaire (B) regarding their experiences and perceptions of parental involvement.
Data will be collected from two questionnaires
Kristin Saunders, Shannon Martinez, Yvette Benavidez
EDU 5003 Research Methods
Professor Kara Mowrey
August 5, 2014
To Understand and Clarify the Levels of Parental Involvement so Both Parents and School Staff are in Alignment with the Same Vision
This problem is important because if it is researched further, it may help
clarify and defend the various levels of parental involvement and support
in the education process.
Delete if not needed.....................
3 researchers (1 per school)
Parents and Parent liaison
Quantitative portion of our research will include providing professional develop regarding parental involvement based on the data analysis of the initial questionnaire
Since the questionnaires will contain both open-ended and close ended responses, IBM's ViaVoice program will be used in the transcription process.
NCLB (section 1118) requires school programs to include parental involvement related to
student achievements and quality of schools
. The problem with section is that it is too focused on the ends justifying the means rather than the means justifying the ends. In other words, the system is too focused on
product-base (student achievement)
process-based (quality schools)
Mixed methods research studies may have issues - Researchers will cyclically collect & analyze data
Data from both questionnaires will be transcribed, categorized, coded,and enumerated by six researchers
The results of this data will be analyzed using a dichotomous variable model
Using the dichotomous variable model will satisfy the necessity of measuring the effectiveness of professional development regarding parental involvement on the actual level of parental involvement after the training was administered.
The results will be categorized using a
in parental involvement and a
in parental involvement.
Comparison of means will require comparing all schools to determine the differences of perceptions at all grade levels following the
Analysis of Variance model (ANOVA).
All researchers will be
to reflect on experience
In this study, the professional development will serve as the
and the level of parental involvement after the professional
development will serve as the
Christensen, L. & Johnson, R.B. (2014).
Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Approaches.
Sage Publications, Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA.