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Date of Award

2003

Document Type

Dissertation - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Department

Educational Administration and Leadership

First Advisor

Fred Muskal

First Committee Member

Dennis Brennan

Second Committee Member

Beatrice Lingenfelter

Third Committee Member

Suzanne Pasztor

Abstract

Understanding why and how parents participate in Mexican schools can inform the efforts of American principals and teachers in their work with Mexican newcomers or with the parents of Mexican-American students. The purpose of this study is to describe parent participation opportunities, attitudes, and practices in Mexico according to parents, teachers, and administrator. The study was carried out as a qualitative research of a case study using phenomenology as the approach to collecting data. Data collection had three facets: interviews, observations, and documents. Findings revealed that parent participation is active in the Mexican school studied. All stakeholders held high regard for parent involvement. Also, each group had a conceived boundary of responsibilities. Parent involvement varied within the conventional and nonconventional. Similar barriers to parent participation were expressed by the stakeholders in Mexico as are indicated in the literature review for the United States. The findings from the case study were used to offer ideas to the United States schools on how to involve Mexican immigrants parents in their children's education.

Pages

224

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