Army Parent's Involvement in Middle Schools: A Qualitative, Descriptive, Multi-case study

Army Parent's Involvement in Middle Schools: A Qualitative, Descriptive, Multi-case study

Author: 
Silva Porter-Deal
Program of study: 
Ed.D./CI
Abstract: 
Understand the challenges and barriers active duty Army parents’ encounter when participating in parental involvement programs. The theoretical framework used HooverDempsey and Sandler’s (1995, 1997) Model of Parental Involvement and Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological System theory Bronfenbrenner (1977) gain a deeper understanding of parental involvement decision and parents’ choices of involvement. The research question that guided the study was RQ: How do Army parents actively engage in school activities? There were two sub reaserach questions SQ1: What opportunities and supports are helpful for Army parents on active involvement in their child's education? SQ2: What challenges and barriers prevent Army parents from having active involvement in their child’s education? The study was conducted on an installation in North Carolina that interviewd seven active duty Army parents in a survey, interivew questions, and think aloud. The data from the interviews, survey, and think aloud was entered into QSR International, NVivo™ 11 software to provide themes, trends, and patterns of the participants for the study. The major conclusions from the study were that communication and time was a factor for the Army parents.
Dedication: 
This dissertation is dedicated to my son Charles Joseph Deal III, who has been patience as I pursued my dreams. Pastor Robert L. McLaughlin, Bishop Terrence L. Elliott, family, and friends for all your prayers.
Acknowledgements: 
First, I would like to acknowledge God because with him all things are possible. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” I will like to acknowledge my chair Dr. Armstrong, and committee members Dr. Burleigh, and Dr. Fountain for being on my dissertation committee and providing feedback. I would also like to acknowledge my family and friends who never let me give up especially Dr. Webb for tough love, Dr. Duthely for reaching out and providing encouraging words, and Dr. Porter-Kelley and Dr. Silvia for taking the time to read and providing feedback I truly appreciate it. May God bless you all.