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MASTER OF TEACHING
Changing Parental Participation in a Primary School. Challenges and Possibilities. A Case Study of a Primary School in Fiji.

RESEARCH PROPOSAL
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2010
AN ACTION RESEARCH PROPOSAL In Fulfillment of the Requirements For the Masters in Teaching University of Fiji LECTURER: ASS. PROF. MR. KENNETH NOBIN HEAD OF DEPARTMENT EDUCATION THE UNIVERSITY OF FIJI SAWENI, LAUTOKA.

‘You never come in an isolated way; you always come with pieces of the world attached to you’. (Malaguzzi, 1994)

NAVEEN KUMAR (ID: S100150)

EDU 410: THE TEACHER AS RESEARCHER

THE RESEARCH PROPOSAL 2010

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Participatory action research will be conducted to determine whether or not teacherinitiated, regular communication with parents makes an impact on parents’ participation in school activities, helping children show effectiveness towards teaching and learning outcomes. The goal of me as a teacher researcher is to communicate in native language about school activities and diminish the ‘barrier’ that limits the teacher parent interaction. The feeling of much poor participation towards Gandhi Bhawan Primary School has been the poor communication. The purpose is to better the line of communication between home and school. This study will focus on Class 8 students and their parents employing instrumental qualitative research tools that are home visits (interviews), class meetings (focus group) and case study. The challenge is to provide an atmosphere that is user friendly and if parents were struggling with how to best support in school activities they could feel free to contact me. It is my belief that positive and consistent communication between home and school is important for student transitioning into adulthood. However, the challenges and possibilities faced in the core of the research will be discussed further after its implementation.

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EDU 410: THE TEACHER AS RESEARCHER

THE RESEARCH PROPOSAL 2010

T AB L E O F CO N TE N TS 1.0 Abstract Background of the Problem 1.1 Personal Motivation 1.2 Need for Study 1.3 Description of Community 1.4 Description of Work Setting 1.5 Researcher’s Role Purpose of Study 2.1 Purpose 2.2 Aim 2.3 Research Question Theoretical Framework 3.1 Defining Parental Involvement 3.2 Why Parental Involvement 3.3 Frequency of Parent-Teacher Interaction 3.4 Type of Parent Involvement 3.4.1 Parent in Involvement Process 3.4.1.1 Parent as Audience 3.4.1.2 Parent as Volunteer 3.4.1.3 Parent as Paraprofessional 3.4.1.4 Parent as a teacher of own child 3.4.1.5 Teacher as Decision Maker 3.5 Significance of Parental Participation 3.6 Barriers to Parental Involvement 3.6.1 Socio economic background 3.6.2 Language 3.6.3 Parent Literacy 3.6.4 Literacy 3.6.5 Family Structure 3.6.6 Working Parents 3.6.7 Teacher Attitude 3.6.8 Parents The Possibilities 3.7 Research Design 4.1 Rationale 4.2 Study Design 4.3 Data Collection 4.4 Data Analysis 4.5 Delimitation 4.6 Participants Research Timeframe Proposed Thesis Structure Significance / Expected Outcome of Study Reference Appendices Page No. 2 4 4 4 5 6 7 8 8 8 9 10 10 11 13 14 17 17 17 18 18 18 20 23 23 24 25 25 26 26 27 27 29 30 30 31 32 33 34 34 35 36 38 39 41

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EDU 410: THE TEACHER AS RESEARCHER

THE RESEARCH PROPOSAL 2010

1. 0 B AC K G R O UND O F P RO B LE M 1 .1 Personal Motivation

The social and educational context of this research proposal is directed towards increasing parent-teacher-child interactions and changing parental participation towards educational requirements of the child. Very few of the parents of the students in my class participated in the school-related activities which I experienced at the first year of transfer to this school. The parental participation was very limited to report...
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