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This study assessed the degree of enthusiasm for a home visits program at an elementary school in a middle-sized California town and determined the extent to which the home visits improved students academic and behavioral performance as a result of improving parental involvement in students school life. Participating in the study were 200 parents, 6 students who had received home visits, 28 teachers who had conducted home visits, and administrative staff involved in the home visit program. Data were collected on pretest and posttest questionnaires measuring parents perceptions of the school in four categories: academic, behavior, home-school communication, and miscellaneous. Pretest and posttest focus groups were held for teachers and provided qualitative anecdotal data. Teacher surveys provided posttest quantitative and qualitative data. Additional data sources were school district records on students achievement test scores and the misconduct records for six students. Findings indicated that most teachers showed little enthusiasm for doing home visits. Those who believed in home visits as a vehicle for transformative action within the home-school relationship conducted home visits on their own initiative. Home visits were not implemented consistently, therefore a relationship between home visits and parental involvement in school and a subsequent improvement in students grades and behavior could not be determined. Based on the findings, it was concluded that although home visits have become a popular method of dealing with increasing difficulties in students behavior, standardized mandatory home visit programs may not be feasible. (Contains 45 references.) (Author/KB)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Focus Groups, Home Visits, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Student Behavior, Student Improvement, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes

Autor: Waters, Madeleine S.


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