School Community Journal

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 2, Fall

A Third Paradigm for School Reform
In the era of No Child LeftBehind, many complain about the shortcomings of standards-based practices and measuring success through standardized tests. In the 2010 book Small Schools and Strong Communities: A Third Way of School Reform, Kenneth Strike...
Constraints and Subsequent Limitations to Parental Involvement in Primary Schools in Abu Dhabi: Stakeholders' Perspectives
AbstractThe United Arab Emirates (UAE) is developing its public schools by initiating reform agendas for school improvement. High on the list of reforms is the call to increase parental involvement in schools. For this reform to work successfully, it...
Editor's Comments
We have a nice variety of articles for you in this issue, with the common thread of considering various stakeholders' perspectives running throughout. Willems and Gonzalez-DeHass start us offwith an essay describing how school-community partnerships...
Engaging Parents of Eighth Grade Students in Parent-Teacher Bidirectional Communication
AbstractThis article describes the development and evaluation of a classroom-based, low-cost intervention to increase parents' involvement in their children's education. In Phase 1 of the study, 17 parents of 8^sup th^ grade students in a low-income,...
Exploring the Educational Involvement of Parents of English Learners
AbstractThe purpose of the current investigation was to examine the relationships among a range of specific barriers and facilitators of parent involvement and a variety of types of school involvement within a diverse group of immigrant parents of English...
Parents' Involvement among the Arab Ethnic Minority in the State of Israel
AbstractThis study examined parent involvement in children's education among the Israeli Arab population and the degree of influence of various background factors on their involvement. The correlations between parent involvement and pupil achievement...
Perceived Needs of At-Risk Families in a Small Town: Implications for Full-Service Community Schools
AbstractResearchers agree that a needs assessment is a critical first step in designing a full-service school, but the large task of orchestrating the necessary community collaboration for such projects has occupied most of the literature to date. This...
School-Community Partnerships: Using Authentic Contexts to Academically Motivate Students
AbstractThe opportunities school-community partnerships pose for students' learning continue to generate the attention of educational stakeholders. Children learn through a variety of social and educational contexts, and the goals for student academic...
Secondary School Students' Interest in Homework: What about Race and School Location?
AbstractThis study examined models of homework interest at the secondary school level to assess whether homework interest varies across race and school location and whether the influence of race on homework interest depends on characteristics of the...
Through a Limiting Lens: Comparing Student, Parent, and Teacher Perspectives of African American Boys' Support for School
AbstractThree qualitative case studies of elementary school African American boys demonstrate differing perspectives of the school-related support that students experience. Three boys, their teachers, and their parents/guardians identified various individuals...