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Online Submission, US-China Education Review v6 n11 p33-45 Nov 2009

During the past decade, Israeli parents declared their rights to be involved in their children's education. The term used is "parental involvement", but there is no real agreement on the definition of the term. This paper describes the different opinions and approaches of parents, teachers, students, principals and decision makers, as found and described by Israeli researchers. The development, definitions and boundaries of the term are introduced. Even though the research in Israel is on a Hebrew term and this discussion is in English, the processes involved translate well, as these processes are in a well developed country, based on democracy and Western culture and an education system established under the British Mandate with its historical traces. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)

Descriptors: Democracy, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Foreign Countries, Parent Attitudes, Definitions, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, Educational History

Author: Fisher, Yael


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