All Hands On Deck: A Look at Parent Involvement at a Low-Income Community Elementary School

Vanessa Wilson, Olivet Nazarene University

Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2013 for Olivet Nazarene University.


Schools are mandated by state legislation to involve parents in the education of their children. This study examined teachers’ views regarding parent involvement practices at their school and to what degree did parents practice Epstein’s six types of parent involvement. Also, the parent involvement practices of parents of high-achieving students and parents of low-achieving students were explored. The results of the study indicated that teachers considered parent involvement essential for student success and necessary to foster effective instruction. Although teachers agreed that more effective parent involvement programs were needed. The most common type of involvement parents practiced was helping their children at home; however, there were no overall significant differences in the parent involvement practices of the two parent groups.