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Title:Opportunities and barriers to parental involvement at the high school level: A study of inner city African American parents
Author(s):Young, LaVern
Director of Research:Cope, William
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Cope, William
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Dhillon, Pradeep; Davila, Liv; Witt, Allison
Department / Program:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Discipline:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Parental Involvement
Inner City High Schools
Abstract:This study was conducted to examine why parental involvement is lacking among African American parents of adolescents who attend high school in the inner city. The objective was to understand how to increase parental involvement and support efforts to close the achievement gap. The design was a qualitative research methodology study. The research tools were semi-structured interviews and field notes from observations. The study consisted of telephone interviews. The study involved 10 African American parents from separate households, all with adolescents presently in high school, who had graduated from high school in the past three years or had entered high school in September of the 2019-2020 school year. Each participant resided in the inner city neighborhood of East Garfield Park in Chicago, Illinois. The identified findings included but were not limited to safety issues at their child’s high school, closed-door policies that restricted parental involvement, perspectives of African American parents that school personnel do not care, a definition of parental involvement that differs from the high school personnel’s, and African American parents’ lack of awareness that parental involvement increases student academic achievement.
Issue Date:2019-12-05
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 LaVern Young
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-03-02
Date Deposited:2019-12

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