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.
- 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.
- The School Community Journal: Measuring Parent Involvement Program Implementation
- Research School of Social Sciences: Australian National University -Measuring parental involvement in couple families in Australia: What is Parental Involvement and How Should We Measure It?
- Fordham University: A Comprehensive Instrument to Measure Parental Involvement, Autonomy Support, and Structure in Children's Schooling
- University of Houston-Clear Lake: Examining Parental Involvement in Rural, Urban, and Suburban Schools
- Blue Ribbon Panel on Education: Parental Involvement Survey 2005
- Harvard Family Research Project: Improving Parental Involvement: Evaluating Treatment Effects in the Fast Track Program
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