Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Rosemary Link, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Richard Spratt, MSW

Third Advisor

Jane Hanger-Seely, E.S.N.S.


This exploratory qualitative study was executed to expand the knowledge of the issues surrounding parent involvement within an inner-city school. Educators from Tuttle Elementary School responded to qualitative interview guide questions. Parents in focus groups answered questions from a guide. Factors surrounding parent involvement such as the reasons why parents chose to be involved in their child's education or not via the perception of educators and parents were emphasized in the interviews and focus groups. It was found that there are various aspects that effect whether a parent is involved in their child's education include transportation, day care, and work commitments. The significance of this research is that it created a deeper understanding of the many issues that affect parent involvement within an inner-city school. The data will assist the school in improving their parent involvement plan.


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