Title: Family involvement as a priority element in high school

Authors: Merce Panellas, Montserrat Alguacil, Maria Carme Boqué Torremorell

Addresses: Blanquerna Faculty of Psychology and Educational and Sports Sciences, Ramon Llull University, FPCEE BLANQUERNA, c/ Cister, 34 ‐ 08022 Barcelona, Spain. ' Blanquerna Faculty of Psychology and Educational and Sports Sciences, Ramon Llull University, FPCEE BLANQUERNA, c/ Cister, 34 ‐ 08022 Barcelona, Spain. ' Blanquerna Faculty of Psychology and Educational and Sports Sciences, Ramon Llull University, FPCEE BLANQUERNA, c/ Cister, 34 ‐ 08022 Barcelona, Spain

Abstract: Family and school are the two main socialising settings of children and adolescents. Their joint responsibility in education is a commitment that should be established in an atmosphere of confidence to tend towards a learning community model. Research works, as those by Pineault (2001), Soler Prats (2002) and Martinez and Alvarez (2006), back that parents| participation in school life has beneficial consequences for the family–school dynamics. In this research, the participation of families in secondary schools is analysed through 1388 questionnaires and 21 interviews, and some elements of reflection and working tools are presented to enhance and promote family involvement.

Keywords: family involvement; family–school relationship; learning community; adolescents; secondary education; parent participation; school life; secondary schools.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTCS.2010.033324

International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies, 2010 Vol.2 No.3/4, pp.301 - 314

Available online: 24 May 2010 *

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