Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Michael Richardson, Robert Schrader, Dwight Cline

Degree Program

Department of Educational Administration, Leadership and Research

Degree Type

Education Specialist


Experimental and control groups were randomly selected in Johnny Douglas' sixth grade homeroom class to determine if contacts made to an experimental group of parents produced different perceptions of school as opposed to a control group of parents who received little or no contacts from the school. The experimental group of students' parents received a minimum of seven contacts from the school during the twenty day period of the study, while the control group received a minimum of three contacts in the same period.

A questionnaire sent to the parents at the conclusion of the experiment yielded three statements of fact. The control group responded that (1)reports from school on children's progress were inadequate, and (2)more reports were needed, and (3) their children were eager to go to school each day. The two groups were in agreement that they were being kept informed about educational practices, satisfied with their personal involvement in the schools, satisfied that the school was doing a good job of teaching the basic skills, and in strong agreement that their children were receiving the right amount of encouragement by reports from home.


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