Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education



First Advisor

Teresa Ripple


Curriculum and Instruction


The purpose of this study was to improve ways in which I include parents in communication and student success strategies. The participants were 15 parents of young children currently enrolled in my program at an elementary school. The family form was designed to gather ideas and suggestions for improving parent-student-teacher communication and parent involvement. Five staff members were interviewed on their perspectives of techniques of communication with parents, ways they have tried to engage families, and ideas for creating lasting relationships with parents. In this work there was a focus on the understudied population of fathers in their children’s education. The findings from this study support prior research in that there were several social and school factors that influence why and how both parents are involved in their child’s education. Through analyzing, summarizing, and reporting my findings this study provides information for parents, teachers, and school staff attempting to design outreach initiatives for children and their fathers. This study was also used to gain understanding of factors that contribute to the development of partnerships between fathers and school.

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Education Commons