Type of Document Dissertation Author Sebolt, Stephanie Ann Doswald Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-09142010-103848 Title Negotiating Meaning: How Spanish-Speaking Mothers Make Sense of the Construct of Parental Involvement Degree PhD Department Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Tilley-Lubbs, Gresilda A. Committee Chair Doolittle, Peter E. Committee Member Garrison, James W. Committee Member Shrum, Judith L. Committee Member Keywords
- Parental Involvement
- Student Achievement
- English as a Second Language
Date of Defense 2010-09-08 Availability unrestricted AbstractParental involvement has been at the forefront of many studies leading to the conclusion that increased parental involvement improves academic achievement. Despite findings suggesting the benefits of parental involvement, research reveals a lack of parental involvement among Spanish-speaking parents. The overarching objective of this qualitative case study was to explore how Spanish-speaking mothers make sense of the construct of parental involvement.
This qualitative study was comprised of three cases: one Guatemalan mother and two Honduran mothers each with children attending elementary school. My methodology allowed me to explore and depict historical and sociocultural factors that influence how the mothers view their role in their children’s education. I collected data through semi-structured interviews, informal observations, and extensive fieldnotes and I conducted on-going analysis on these data.
Data provide evidence that the mothers in the study hold a different perspective of parental involvement from that of school personnel. Their views stem directly from their own historical and cultural knowledge, which differs from that of middle-class, White Americans. They are involved in their children’s overall education in ways not acknowledged by educators.
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