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M.A. in Educational Leadership


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Sernak, K. S.


H.C. Sharp Elementary School (Camden, N.J.); Education, Elementary--Parent participation


Educational Leadership


The purpose of this study was to define and evaluate the strategies of motivating parents to get involved in the education of their children. The subjects were selected from Sharp School, community businesses, and organizations. The criteria for the selection of the subjects were based on the diverse population of the stakeholders and outside school community interest groups. Questionnaires were administered to parents and teachers. Responses were collected. Data was analyzed and interpreted. Semi-structural interviews were conducted and recorded. Observations were preformed. The result of the observations was recorded. All information obtained from the above were assessed and compared to obtain the common needs. The findings were utilized to plan for motivational activities. The activities were organized and implemented in order of priority.

Findings indicated that the majority of the parents studied portrayed willingness for participation. There were positive expressions and collaborations among the staff and parents for a partnership relationship.

The school personnel made every effort utilizing information on cultural behavioral style to plan appealing activities based on parents' and students' interests.

After a trusting relationship was built through various activities, workshops and training were presented to the parents to show them how to be more involved in school activities.