Date of Conferral
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Parental involvement is integral to promoting a high quality school environment. A lack of parent involvement is a problem that currently exists in an urban, public elementary school in Texas. This issue is important because once the parents increase their engagement, the home school relationship can be improved. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to investigate how pre-kindergarten parents at the study elementary school perceive parent involvement and how principals and teachers at the school can help parents improve their involvement. This study is based upon Epstein's theory of 6 types of parent involvement. This study examined parents' perceptions of the role of parental involvement in children's education and the strategies that schools may use to boost parental involvement. Over the course of the 9-month school year, individual interviews were conducted with 14 parents whose children attended the prekindergarten program at this school in Texas. Thematic analysis was used to identify themes. Parents considered their involvement to be important and appreciated receiving school information through phone conferences, newsletters, and an online portal. Parents also reported that health issues, time restraints, and busy work schedules were obstacles to being more involved. Recommendations for improving parental involvement included parent workshops on academic strategies and programming that is scheduled after school to accommodate parents' schedules. This study could contribute to positive social change by encouraging parental involvement at the study site. Additionally, this study could enhance positive social change by encouraging the educational sector to focus on building effective school/family partnerships.