Due to federal mandates, Title I schools now are being asked to implement parent involvement programs that meaningfully involve parents in the schools to increase academic gains. This action research study was based on three different concepts from the literature: a) critical pedagogy theory from Paulo Freire, b) parent involvement from diverse scholars including Epstein, Olivos, Mapp, Henderson, and Gonzalez-DeHass, and c) Wenger's communities of practice approach. The study was designed to determine whether a community of practice approach could provide the necessary conditions to meaningfully involve Latino Spanish-speaking parents in school. This innovation took place for 14-weeks, during which the community of practice approach was developed and utilized during meetings. Data were collected during each community of practice meeting at two schools. The data sources were surveys, audio video transcriptions of the meetings, journal, field notes, leadership meetings, and analytic memos. To add reliability and validity, mixed methods were applied to triangulate the data sources. Results indicated that through a community of practice approach Latino Spanish-speaking parents could become meaningfully involved in their children's schools. Parent participants reported that the community of practice allowed them to dialogue, contribute, learn, reflect, and become self-aware of their role in the schools. Data also showed that parent participants applied the community of practice approach to contribute to the solution of problems at their school. After participating in the study, parent participants realized their potential to impact in their children's school. Additionally, they started purposefully becoming more interested in participating and planning activities with the parent liaison. Based on the results, further cycles of action research are suggested.
- Promoting Latino parent involvement in K-8 schools through a communities of practice approach
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- Educational leadership
- Educational Administration
- Education Policy
- Communities of practice
- Latino parents
- parent involvement
- Public Education
- Spanish speakers
- Hispanic American parents--Arizona--Phoenix Metropolitan Area--Case studies.
- Hispanic American parents
- Education--Parent participation--Arizona--Phoenix Metropolitan Area--Case studies.
- Communities of practice--Arizona--Phoenix Metropolitan Area--Case studies.
- Communities of practice
- Home and school--Arizona--Phoenix Metropolitan Area--Case studies.
- Home and school
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Statement of Responsibility
by Alfredo G. Barrantes Santamaria