Parental Involvement (and Uninvolvement) at an Inner-City High School

Terrinieka T. Williams, Bernadette Sánchez

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Abstract

This study sought to understand the perceptions of parental involvement and parental uninvolvement at a predominantly African American inner-city high school. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 15 parents and 10 staff at an inner-city public high school. Five major themes emerged regarding the meanings of parental involvement at this school: Participation at School, Being There Outside of School, Communication, Achieve and Believe, and Village Keepers. Results showed that some participants' perceptions of parental involvement were consistent with earlier understandings of parental involvement. Results also highlighted areas in which earlier models may not address the context of inner-city schools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)625-652
Number of pages28
JournalUrban Education
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2012

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • education
  • inner-city high school
  • parental involvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Urban Studies

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