MERC Publications

Document Type

Research Report

Original Publication Date


Date of Submission

January 2017


The purpose of this study is to unearth both degree and nature of parental involvement at three high schools. A brief survey of school personnel - distributed at faculty meetings - was used as an indicator of the degree of parental involvement at each school. Furthermore, teachers and staff were asked to nominate "involve" parents as well as parents who seem to perceive barriers to school involvement. Once the surveys has been analysed, a total number of 52 in-depth interviews - lasting between 30 minutes and 2 hours - were conducted with teachers, school administrators, staff, and "involved" as well as "uninvolved" parents. Field notes were taken, interviews were tape recorded and transcribed verbatim. Observations of events complemented the data. The data was analyzed inductively and interpreted according to emerging themes and patterns.

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