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The Role of Student–Teacher Ratio in Parents’ Perceptions of Schools’ Engagement Efforts

The Role of Student–Teacher Ratio in Parents’ Perceptions of Schools’ Engagement Efforts Research suggests a positive relationship between schools’ efforts to engage parents and parents’ involvement in their child's education. The authors investigated school socioeconomic status, school size, grade level, and student–teacher ratio as predictors of schools’ efforts to engage parents of students receiving special education services. The dependent variable was the Schools’ Efforts to Partner with Parents’ Scale, which has been validated for states’ use in their federal accountability systems. Mean school-level scores were calculated for 265 schools in a large southeastern state. Results indicated that student–teacher ratio was the strongest predictor of parents’ perceived school engagement efforts. Implications are drawn for ways in which all schools, including those with high student–teacher ratios, can improve their collaboration with parents of students receiving special education services. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Educational Research Taylor & Francis

The Role of Student–Teacher Ratio in Parents’ Perceptions of Schools’ Engagement Efforts

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1940-0675
eISSN
0022-0671
DOI
10.1080/00220671.2012.753856
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Abstract

Research suggests a positive relationship between schools’ efforts to engage parents and parents’ involvement in their child's education. The authors investigated school socioeconomic status, school size, grade level, and student–teacher ratio as predictors of schools’ efforts to engage parents of students receiving special education services. The dependent variable was the Schools’ Efforts to Partner with Parents’ Scale, which has been validated for states’ use in their federal accountability systems. Mean school-level scores were calculated for 265 schools in a large southeastern state. Results indicated that student–teacher ratio was the strongest predictor of parents’ perceived school engagement efforts. Implications are drawn for ways in which all schools, including those with high student–teacher ratios, can improve their collaboration with parents of students receiving special education services.

Journal

The Journal of Educational ResearchTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 2, 2014

Keywords: parent engagement efforts; parent involvement; special education; student–teacher ratio

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