Parental involvement in school : a case study of teachers' perceptions and practices in a Hong Kong secondary school

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Parental involvement in school : a case study of teachers' perceptions and practices in a Hong Kong secondary school

 

Author: Lam, Wai-sze Teresa.
Title: Parental involvement in school : a case study of teachers' perceptions and practices in a Hong Kong secondary school
Degree: M.Ed.
Year: 2005
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Education -- Parent participation -- China -- Hong Kong
School management and organization -- Parent participation -- China -- Hong Kong
Department: School of Professional Education and Executive Development
Pages: v, 110 p. ; 30 cm.
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1818254
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/5388
Abstract: Teacher awareness of parental involvement benefiting the students' learning has increased tremendously in the past decade. However, there seems to be a lack of coherence and consistency in the approach and quality when parental involvement is actually implemented in schools in Hong Kong. The study investigated current teachers' perceptions and practices of parental involvement in a Hong Kong secondary school. It was a case study that consisted both qualitative and quantitative techniques. The first stage of study was in depth interviews with four teachers to obtain an initial understanding of the teachers' attitudes and practices of parental involvement. Data from the first stage was used to develop the second stage, which consisted of a questionnaire survey for all teachers in the school. The survey was conducted in order to obtain a detailed understanding of teachers' perceptions and their practices of parental involvement in the school. The study showed most teachers in the school confirmed the importance of parental involvement because both teachers and parents shared the same goal in helping children learn and develop. However, the study found that teachers expressed although they agreed parental involvement could be helpful, allowing parental involvement in classes would give an opportunity for parents to criticize the teachers' teaching methods. Apart from teaching, teachers were also concerned the parents' criticism could have negative effects on their career, their appraisal, and on their performance report and parental involvement might affect school decisions and the allocation of resources. Such concerns were very important because it could have an effect on teachers in their selection of methods to enhance parental involvement. Lastly, the study discussed improvements that could be made in the teachers' training program and key concerns that needed to be considered during the implementation of parent involvement in schools in Hong Kong.

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