Date of Award


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University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Education

Degree Name



First Advisor

Dr. Ora L. Cooks


This exploratory study elicited the opinions of urban, inner-city, African-American parents as documented by their responses to an informal survey. The survey focused on parental viewpoints regarding the need for their involvement in the education of their children.

Literature was reviewed on educators' viewpoints on the need for parental involvement. Specific attention was given to current literature by African-American educators and studies on African-American parental perspectives. The opinions of the sample of parents participating in this study agreed with current writings of educators on the need for parental involvement. There also was an indication of interest in parent education.

There is a paucity of research on the opinion of African-American parents on issues affecting their children's education and their roles in the classroom. Additional research should be done with a control group experimental design in an effort to further clarify the validity of the findings and to continue study of African-American parental involvement and their perspectives regarding their roles and functions in school settings.

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