Title

Teachers' Attitudes Toward Parent Involvement In Level I and Level III Elementary Schools In the Mississippi Delta

Date of Award

2000

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

First Advisor

Jack Klotz

Advisor Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to investigate the following factors concerning teacher attitudes: (a) judgment about parental involvement, (b) judgment about parental contact, (c) actual parental contact, and (d) need for parental involvement. This study was conducted in Level I and Level III schools in the Mississippi Delta. The study was limited to selected elementary schools in the Mississippi Delta that had been designated by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) as Level I and Level III schools. Parent involvement and teacher attitudes, used to investigate teachers' attitudes, were the only variables investigated in this study. At the initiation of this study, a key assumption based upon performance interaction between parents and teachers was initiated and may have had a direct impact on the outcome of this study. This study was limited to selected elementary schools in the Mississippi Delta that had been designated by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) as Level I or Level III schools. Parental involvement and teacher attitudes, used to investigate teachers' attitudes, were the only variables investigated for this study. Educators can instruct, serve as role models, and provide various learning activities that are developmentally appropriate. They can supply the resources for learning. However, without parental support and involvement, teachers will fall short of their goal of educating the entire child.