Date of Award

Spring 2003

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Education and Human Development

Abstract

The purpose of the research was to ascertain if parents of students who attend school in an urban setting could identify ways to be involved in a child's education at home and at school.

The research was conducted over an eight week period. The subjects of the research were adults from various parts of the country. However, it should be noted that out of the twenty urban parents that took part in the research, the vast majority of them resided in the Rochester, New York area.

The research was collected through interviewing the participants. The interviews were conducted over the phone or in person, depending upon the wishes of the participant.

The results of the research collected show that most urban parents know how to be involved in a child's education at home and at school. However, it is important to point out that although most parents were only able to identify one to three ways to be involved in a child's education at home or at school.

One of the suggestions for implications for future research include establishing a sound criterion that would gauge not only the quantity of answers given by parents, but also the quality of answers. Another suggestion would be to obtain a more random sample of urban parents, perhaps one that doesn't have a large percentage of its parents in a centralized location in and around the city of Rochester.

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