Date of Award
Action Research Project
Master of Arts in Education
Montessori Early Childhood
This action research focused on the incentives parents/guardians found valuable when participating in parent/child workshops within the Raising a Reader program. The research took place over six weeks within the public school system in a low-income, rural district in Maryland. All parents and guardians with children in prekindergarten and kindergarten classes received invitations to be a part of the research. The research utilized artifact data from previous parent surveys, inquiry data consisting of pre and post assessments, and observational data during parent/child workshops. Data findings suggest that parent/child-centered incentives are most valuable to parents, including spending time with, reading with, and learning a new skill to share with their child. Parent also valued being with other parents, going on field trips, and having a family meal provided. Future research should employ a longer implementation period for parent/child workshops, as well as incentive assessments after each workshop.
Kennedy, Samantha. (2022). Parents Opinions Matter: The Impact of Incentives on Parent/Child Workshops within the Raising a Reader Program. Retrieved from Sophia, the St. Catherine University repository website: https://sophia.stkate.edu/maed/477