Research on Family Engagement

The following research on family engagement and family-school-community partnerships is provided to increase understanding of this important field. If you would like to contribute scholarly research to our site, please view our guidelines and submittal process. Please click on the research titles below to view the complete article or publication.

How Schools Can Help Underserved Students Succeed (2012)
Quibila A. Divine
This paper examines the theories of Patricia M. Cunningham and the Four Blocks® Literacy Model she co-developed with Dottie Hall. A framework for teaching children to read and write, it also addresses family engagement.

Parental Relationship Quality and Child Outcomes Across Subgroups (2011)
Kristen A. Moore, PhD, Andrea Kinghorn, Tawana Bandy
Results from this study support previous findings that when parent relationship quality is high, their families and children have better outcomes. Reported in a Child Trends Research Brief.

Knowledge is Empowering: Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership Fellows' Involvement and Influence after Training (2008)
Dick Corbett, Bruce Wilson
The phrase “knowledge is empowering” summarizes the overall conclusion of a study of the long-term effects of Kentucky’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership (CIPL) training on its decade of graduates, from 1997-2006.

A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievements (2002)
Ann T. Henderson, Karen L. Mapp
This synthesis of 51 studies, published by Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) in 2002, examines the evidence that family and community connections with schools make a difference in student success.

Parental Involvement in Adolescent Peer Relationships (1979-2005)
Collective Authors
This group of papers consists of more than fifteen researchers at various universities around the world who studied family engagement from 1979-2005..

Having Their Say: Parents Describe Why and How They are Engaged in Their Children's Learning (2000)
Karen L. Mapp
The purpose of this 1996-1999 study at the Patrick O'Hearn Elementary School in Boston, MA, was to identify factors that lead to successful educational partnerships between school staff and families.

Emerging Issues in School, Family, & Community Connections (2002)
Catherine Jordan, Evangelina Orozco, Amy Averett
Based on a review of over 160 publications, this research synthesis examines key issues in the field of family and community connections with schools. Published by the Southwest Education Development Laboratory (SEDL)

A Call to Commitment: Fathers' Involvement in Children's Learning (2000)
Richard W. Riley, Donna E. Shalala
Published by the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services in 2000, this report provides the research context of fathers' involvement and how it contributes to student success.

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