Date Approved

4-21-1998

Embargo Period

8-10-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Capasso, Ronald L.

Subject(s)

Delsea Middle School (Franklinville, N.J.); Education--Parent participation; Interns (Education); School administrators--Training of

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to make parent conferences more meaningful for those involved. To do this, the intern intended to increase parental attendance at conferences in her school. She tried to achieve the goal of increasing attendance by giving out a survey to parents and teachers who were present at conferences. The questionnaire asked people how to improve conferences. Responses were tallied and then discussed with a committee of parents, teachers and administrators who decided which ideas to put into action. Changes were made to conferences. Attendance data was taken before and after the changes. Then the two figures were calculated into percentages and compared. After the completion of the project, the intern concluded that attendance did indeed increase. However more study was needed to determine if the increase was dependent upon the changes or another factor. Other conclusions that were reached were, the changes took a lot of time to carry out and they were not always welcome. Responses to the surveys and other data collection instruments were limited. In the future the intern would like to receive more responses from the people who do not show up to parent conferences.

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