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After observing the lack of parental involvement in children's educational development among clients, an instructor determined to learn if offering incentives to parents to work with their child/children would increase parental involvement. Working in an adult basic education/General Educational Development parental assistance program with services given through home visits, the instructor chose nine families to complete a checklist targeting their involvement with their children at home and at school. The instructor also collected field notes of observations made during home visits concerning parents' attitudes toward their child's/children's education. Results of this checklist and field note observations were used to determine the baseline for each family. The instructor offered an incentive to parents if a total of seven selected parent-child activities were completed on subsequent visits. The instructor explained to these families that they would be eligible to attend a group picnic (the incentive) upon the successful completion of these activity-assignments. The results of offering an incentive to parents to be a part of this research appeared to be positive from the very beginning of the project. Six of the seven families completed the seven activities. Appended are the 3 forms used in the study. (Author/YLB)

Descriptors: Action Research, Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Adult Literacy, High School Equivalency Programs, Incentives, Literacy Education, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parents as Teachers, Professional Development

Author: Elsleger, Barbara

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8519&id=ED440221


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