Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2023

Document Type

Dissertation (799 registration)

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Dr. Andrew Burklund


Single Parents, Parental Involvement


The popularity of parental involvement in school systems has risen since the Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) came into effect. However, there is a lack of research on how single parents navigate parental involvement and the struggles they face juggling jobs, multiple children, and stress with a lack of support. This research is guided by the following questions: What are the perceptions and beliefs of parental involvement for single parents with their child attending elementary school? How do single parents experience this first year? What support do single parents receive from the school system?

A phenomenological study using a construct of resiliency theoretical framework was conducted using single parents in Minnesota. Seven single parents were recruited to participate in a demographic survey and individual interviews. Pseudonyms were used to protect the identity of the participants. The findings of the study provide guidance to school systems and teachers on single parents’ obstacles and lived experiences and provide the school system with ways to assist and support single-family households.



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