Effects of Teacher Comments on Parental Involvement

Anthony M Denkyirah

Abstract


Parent involvement is one of the least controversial statements in American education because Americans generally agree that parent involvement can make a difference in a child’s education. Factors that may negatively or positively affect parent involvement have therefore been extensively investigated. The effect that teacher comments sent to parents about their child’s school work have not received widespread attention. In this study, effects that teacher positive and negative statements have on parent involvement in homework completion and school-based activities were investigated. Teachers positive and negative statements were written as part of comments to 62 parents of K-6 children with disabilities enrolled in five contiguous school districts in a Midwestern state during the 2010/2011 school year. Implications for preservice teacher preparation, parent-teacher relationships, and parental involvement in their child’s school activities, are discussed.  


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