Research on Family Engagement


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The following research on family engagement and family-school-community partnerships is provided to increase understanding of this important field. Please click on the research titles below to view the complete article or publication.

Parent Involvement for Learning: It's a Piece of Cake (2013)
Maria Chesley Fisk. PhD
This paper synthesizes research on parent engagement, using a framework for parents and educators to reflect and take action for school-inspired parent involvement efforts.

Engaging Parents of Eighth Grade Students in Parent-Teacher Bidirectional Communication (2013)
Waveline Bennett-Conroy
Published in the School Community Journal, 22(2), this article describes the development of a classroom-based, low-cost intervention to increase parents' involvement in education.

How Schools Can Help Underserved Students Succeed (2012)
Quibila A. Divine
This paper examines the theories of Patricia M. Cunningham and the Four Blocks® Literacy Model she co-developed with Dottie Hall. A framework for teaching children to read and write, it also addresses family engagement.

Parental Relationship Quality and Child Outcomes Across Subgroups (2011)
Kristen A. Moore, PhD, Andrea Kinghorn, Tawana Bandy
Results from this study support previous findings that when parent relationship quality is high, their families and children have better outcomes. Reported in a Child Trends Research Brief.

Book Review of School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Preparing Educators and Improving Schools (2011)
Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD
Published in The School Community Journal, 21(1), this review of the textbook by Joyce L. Epstein examines its strengths and shortcomings as they relate to helping future educators build effective family partnerships for learning.

Boundary Dynamics: Implications for Building Parent-School Partnerships (2009)
Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD
Published in The School Community Journal, 19(2), this article draws on systems theory to understand how parents and schools form successful partnerships.

Knowledge is Empowering: Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership Fellows' Involvement and Influence after Training (2008)
Dick Corbett, Bruce Wilson
The phrase “knowledge is empowering” summarizes the overall conclusion of a study of the long-term effects of Kentucky’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (CIPL) training on its decade of graduates, from 1997-2006.

Parental Involvement in Adolescent Peer Relationships (1979-2005)
Collective Authors
This group of papers consists of more than fifteen researchers at various universities around the world who studied family engagement from 1979-2005..

Having Their Say: Parents Describe Why and How They are Engaged in Their Children's Learning (2003)
Karen L. Mapp
Published in the School Community Journal, 13(1), the purpose of this study at the Patrick O'Hearn Elementary School in Boston, MA, was to identify factors that lead to successful educational partnerships between school staff and families.

Emerging Issues in School, Family, & Community Connections (2002)
Catherine Jordan, Evangelina Orozco, Amy Averett
Based on a review of over 160 publications, this research synthesis examines key issues in the field of family and community connections with schools. Published by the Southwest Education Development Laboratory (SEDL)

A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievements (2002)
Ann T. Henderson, Karen L. Mapp
This synthesis of 51 studies, published by Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) in 2002, examines the evidence that family and community connections with schools make a difference in student success.

A Call to Commitment: Fathers' Involvement in Children's Learning (2000)
Richard W. Riley, Donna E. Shalala
Published by the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services in 2000, this report provides the research context of fathers' involvement and how it contributes to student success.