Title

The Effects of Parent/Guardian Engagement on Student Success in Middle School

Date of Award

Winter 12-16-2019

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Courtney LaLonde

Abstract

The purpose of this action research study was to analyze how parent and guardian involvement and engagement related to communication impacts student academic success. The researchers involved in this study were two sixth grade teachers. The subjects of this study were sixth grade students and their parents/guardians at a mid-western middle school. Parent/guardian involvement on homework assignments was measured through a planner sharing process that was implemented to support homework completion. Homework assignments were also designed with a family involvement element. Lastly, the researchers engaged with parents and guardians through the Remind App to increase communication. Results of data analysis showed that the planner method was not successful, however family involvement on assignments and the Remind APP were successful. Overall, the researchers concluded that different avenues of communication can be used to help involve and engage more parents/guardians.

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