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How to Measure Parent Involvement

by Angeliki Coconi

Parental involvement is essential not only for children, but also for parents and teachers, according to researcher and lecturer Edith Gray of the Australian National University. Experts have tried to establish the most effective ways to assess and measure parent involvement for a long time because its effects on a child's development are numerous. A child's well-being, academic success and psychological development and social skills are connected with parent involvement. Teachers and psychologists often choose to measure it through questionnaires and study forms that better help assess parent interest and participation in children education.

Put together a questionnaire. Create a set of multiple-choice questions that address the parents and issues such as homework, restrictions and interaction. Questions such as "How often do you discuss your child's education with his teachers?" or "How often do you participate in activities?" help you get a good idea of the child's family life and his interaction with his parents.

Provide four possible answers and assign a numerical value to each answer. Determine the weight of each answer, for example, the answer "never" can have zero value, whereas answer "every day" can acquire a value of four points.

Evaluate the answers and calculate the total score of the questionnaire. Add everything together and you will have a total score that will help you assess parent involvement for each child.

Establish a maximum, average or minimum score. Depending on which category each parent's answers' score falls into, you can evaluate whether parent involvement is low, average or high.

Tip

  • According to Robert L. Nix, a research associate at the Prevention Research Center of Pennsylvania State University, questions included in the questionnaire should include subjects such as frequency of contact between teachers and parents, participation in school activities, quality of parent-child relationship and parental involvement in the child's education.

About the Author

Angeliki Coconi started writing in 1999 with the theater comedy "Loop," produced in Athens. In 2001 she wrote and produced another comedy, "Modern Cinderella." In 2006 she was awarded a Master of Science in literature from the University of Edinburgh. In 2009 Coconi obtained the Postgraduate Certificate in Screenwriting from Napier University of Edinburgh.

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