Academic journal article School Community Journal

Editor's Comments

Academic journal article School Community Journal

Editor's Comments

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In our Spring/Summer 2006 issue, executive editor Sam Redding described most research as a matter of nibbling away at questions needing answers. We continue in this issue to nibble away, showing evidences of the benefits of parental involvement in children's learning and potential avenues to that involvement. My thought is that surely all the nibbling over the past fifteen (or more) years, reported both in this journal and elsewhere, must surely add up to a huge bite in the right direction!

Our first article by Ho is a look at parent involvement in Hong Kong - interesting because it shows that the negative effects of low socioeconomic status, single-parent homes, or immigrant status can apparently be neutralized by establishing social networks and investment in resources. In the next article, Li studies a growing population of middle-class Chinese immigrants in the United States, and finds that in some areas of practice, the typical reports of Asian parents' behavior do not hold true for this group.

Howland, Anderson, Smiley, and Abbott describe the implementation of a school liasion program in a large urban district. The apparent success of hiring a parent to bridge the gap between parents of special needs students and the schools has prompted them to provide more such liaisons to help all the district's elementary students. …

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