Date of Award

2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Psychology

Specialization

School Psychology

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Gary Stoner

Abstract

Parent involvement in education consists of contributions and expectations made by parents regarding their child’s schooling and education. Parent involvement increases student achievement, decreases maladaptive behaviors, reduces the rate of absentees, and contributes to parity in education. Nonetheless, there are facilitators and barriers associated with the promotion of and/or lack of parent involvement in the schools. In addition, there is a paucity of assessment tools to accurately examine facilitators and barriers associated with parent involvement. Such assessments would allow for schools to begin the process of community outreach to promote the family school partnerships. This present study sought to develop a needs-assessment for school use to assess facilitators and barriers to parent involvement in schools. Education professionals evaluated items and gave input into the assessment tool and its utility. Information collected contributed to the development and refinement of the final version of this needs-assessment. Findings from this study are expected to provide school personnel with a parent involvement assessment that can be utilized to assess the facilitators and barriers of parent involvement. With its use, then, stakeholders and education professionals can begin the initial process of increasing the family school partnerships to contribute to improvements in student achievement.

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