School Governance and Teachers' Attitudes to Parents' Involvement in Schools

Aug. 25, 2009

“This article was published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Vol 25 number 6, Authors: Audrey Addi-Raccah and Ronit Ainhoren, "School Governance and Teachers' Attitudes to Parents' Involvement in Schools", Pages 805-813, Copyright Elsevier (August 2009)”.

This study probes teachers' attitudes toward parental involvement in schools as a function of four types of school governance as suggested by Bauch and Goldring.
Participants of the study included headteachers, chairpersons of parents' committees, and teachers of 11 primary schools in a medium-sized town in Israel.
A discriminant analysis found different profiles of teachers' attitudes toward parental involvement: resistant and negative attitudes characterized schools where parents were empowered.

Ambivalent attitudes characterized schools with professional and bureaucratic modes of governance, and positive attitudes were found in schools with partnership governance. This implies that the latter mode of governance is a promising step toward a community-oriented approach.

Bauch, P. and E. Goldring (1998) Parent-Teacher Participation in the Context of School Governance, Peabody Journal of Education, vol. 73, no. 1, pp. 15-35.

Updated: Dec. 09, 2009