Analysis of parent, teacher, and student perceptions of parent involvement at a Sumner County high school

Ron Becker, Tennessee State University

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to relate perceptions of parent involvement to student achievement and school completion rates at a Tennessee high school. A secondary goal of the study was to determine what influence, if any, student demographics had on the perceived levels of parental involvement at this particular school. The study utilized a survey developed at Johns Hopkins University entitled “High School and Family Partnerships: Surveys and Summaries Questionnaires for Teachers, Parents and Students in High School.” ^ The survey was conducted at Gallatin High School in Gallatin, Tennessee. The sample consisted of students in their junior or senior year of high school, along with their parents and first block teachers. The total sample group included 624 students and their parents, along with 50 teachers who taught upperclassmen. Of these participants, 288 students (46%), 130 parents (21%), and 29 teacher (58%) returned the surveys and were included in the statistical analysis. ^ The study examined perceptions of home-based parental involvement as it pertained to student success defined by GPA, Gateway test scores, and the likelihood of timely high school completion. Pearson product-moment correlation and Spearman correlation were used to analyze this data. The study also used point-biserial correlation to examine the influence that ethnicity, family structure, socioeconomic status, and parent’s education level had on perceived parental involvement levels. The study found no statistically significant relationship between perceived parent involvement levels and any of the three measures of academic success. The study found no statistically significant relationship between perceived parent involvement levels and student ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or the mother’s education level. The study did find a positive correlation between perceived parent involvement levels and the presence of an intact, two-parent home. ^

Subject Area

Education, Secondary

Recommended Citation

Ron Becker, "Analysis of parent, teacher, and student perceptions of parent involvement at a Sumner County high school" (2010). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3433386.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI3433386

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