Date of Award

12-1995

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

Degree Name

Ed.D.

Department

Educational Leadership

Abstract

Parent involvement in Thailand was indicated as one critical dimension of effective schooling. This research describes the need to redefine the concept of parent involvement to create collaborative models including the home, the school, and the community. To explore this point, this research drew its sample of 1,811 parents from four schools of the Nontaburi Municipal School System in Thailand. An adaptation of Epstein, Coners, and Salinas's (Revised 1993) parent survey was used. Fifty three percent of the parents returned the surveys. Multiple regression analyses were conducted both across the school system and within each school setting. The findings suggest that student's GPA, grade level, and parent's expectations are predictors of parent involvement, whereas student's gender, parent's education, parent's age, parent's marital status, family income, and family composition do not necessarily predict the level of parent involvement. Also, it appears that the findings on how much the parents were involved across the school system and within each school setting indicate that neither the schools nor the teachers gave them sufficient opportunity for involvement. The program in which parents were most interested was how to discipline their children, whereas the programs on school and community development drew least interest. Concerning pattern of parent involvement, "involvement of parent at home" found the most common occurrence. These findings echo the assumption about traditional perceptions of the passive and distant relationship among family, school, and community that must be remedied.

Comments

Signature pages are on file with the graduate school. An archival copy of the document is available in the Archives Research Center.

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