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Doctoral Dissertation

Barriers Contributing to the Minimal Participation of African American Parents in Their Children's Schools: A Qualitative Case Study of African American Parent Involvement in an Urban K–8 Elementary School in Minnesota

Available from: ProQuest - Dissertations and Theses

African American community, African Americans, Americas, Early childhood care and education - Parent participation, Early childhood education - Parent participation, Montessori method of education, Montessori schools, North America, Parent participation, Parent-teacher relationships, United States of America

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Abstract/Notes: This research is a case study of African American parent involvement at a urban Montessori school in Minnesota. African American parents at this school have had limited involvement in conferences, PTSO meetings, school activities, and on the Site-Based Leadership Team. An examination of the literature was made to investigate the influences on African American parents when they make decisions about their parental involvement. This research covered the historical background, theoretical background, implications, racial barriers, and strategies that increased African American parent involvement. An ethnography was designed to gather data from 9 mothers of African American students. These parents provided information about their backgrounds and their experiences with the school. Staff at the school (6) were interviewed as to their experiences with African American parent involvement. The results of the study offer findings on attitudes, perceptions, needs and ideas for improving African American parent involvement at any school.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2000

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

The Effect of Parent Nights on Parents’ Involvement in Homework Support for Children

Available from: St. Catherine University

Action research

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Abstract/Notes: The presented research was performed to answer a specific question. What is the effect of an indepth Parent Orientation Evening and an Open House Material Night on parents’ involvement in homework support for their children in a mixed 1st – 3 rd grade Montessori classroom? The study consisted of fifteen students and their guardians. The six weeks of exploration began with a Parent Orientation Evening. It continued with data collection in Math Facts and Spelling Words Practice Sheets, Teacher and Parent Running Record, an Open House Material Night, and Parent Attitude Scales. The research found the two times guardians were invited to the school were helpful to explain the expectations of adults within the classroom and with homework. The findings also showed a small correlation between parents practicing math facts and spelling words with their children and the students’ weekly scores. Continuing the research for a longer period would help answer the initial question posed.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2017

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

The Effects of Using Virtual Parent Education Events on Montessori Toddler Parents' Participation, Understanding and Confidence

Available from: St. Catherine University

Action research

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Abstract/Notes: The purpose of this research was to study the effects of using an online platform to host parent education events, on parent participation, understanding of Montessori principles, as well as confidence in applying said principles with their children. I completed the research through a four-week parent education intervention. The participants were 11 parents at a private, urban Montessori school. I collected data through pre- and post-intervention questionnaires, attitude scales, parent feedback forms, and teacher’s observational records of parents’ questions and comments during and after the event. Through the intervention, parent knowledge and understanding of Montessori principles, parent engagement, and parent confidence in applying Montessori principles increased. Parents enjoyed the flexibility and convenience of the online format. The research confirms virtual platforms as effective tools for parent education in today’s technology-saturated world. Technology is a thing that is familiar to today’s parents and can be utilized more specifically and intentionally by schools, administrators, and educators to connect parents to student learning activities and to support their growth as parents.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2020

Article

Parents' Q and A: Childcare for Parents Returning to Work

Publication: Infants and Toddlers, vol. 10, no. 2

Pages: 11

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Language: English

Article

The Parent-Teacher Conference Form: An Instrument for Communicating with Parents

Publication: The National Montessori Reporter, vol. 4, no. 1

Pages: 5

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Language: English

Article

The Stages of Parenthood: Bringing Further Expertise to Effective Parent Communication

Publication: Infants and Toddlers, vol. 6, no. 2

Pages: 5–9, 14–16

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Abstract/Notes: Includes sidebar, "Suggestions for Teachers to Enhance Effective Communication"

Language: English

Article

Parent Infant: A Tool for the Discovery of Parenting

Publication: AMI/USA News, vol. 13, no. 1

Pages: 5, 13

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Language: English

Article

An Introduction to Parent Education Night: Montessori Key Lessons for Parents

Publication: AMI Elementary Alumni Association Newsletter, vol. 38, no. 2

Pages: 4

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Language: English

Article

Parent Conferences: What Parents Need–and Need to Know

Publication: Montessori Life, vol. 1, no. 1

Pages: 22–25

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Language: English

ISSN: 1054-0040

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

Nudging Parents Towards Parent Education Emails

Available from: St. Catherine University

Action research

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Abstract/Notes: This research studied the effects three different styles of email content has on sustained parent interest. Emailing is a cost-effective way of offering parents a glimpse inside their child’s classroom; but if parents do not engage with the emails or correspond with the teacher, the effort may be ineffective.. Over six weeks, 81 primary (3 to 6 years-old) parents at a small suburban Montessori school received one of three weekly emails containing photos or text intended to teach parents about Montessori education. The data suggests parents value photos rather than text. Teachers may see sustained engagement by sending regular photo-heavy emails of a number of children working followed by a brief caption. Text-heavy emails meant to describe the Montessori principles or materials should be created in advance, and be easily replicable and customized.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2018

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