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2 Year Longitudinal Study on the impact of parental engagement on improved student learning outcomes

Project Officer: Margaret Hunter

July 2014

The schools have changed since the beginning of the longitudinal study for various reasons. Because of the changes all participating schools are at different stages of their research.

The schools are now as follows:

Coodanup Community College, Western Australia

Glenroy College, Victoria

Holy Cross College, New South Wales

Killester College, Victoria

Longford Primary School, Tasmania

Maningrida College, Northern Territory

Pimlico State High School, Queensland

Sackville Street Public School, New South Wales

Each study school has had one or two visits. The first visit included an outline of the study as well as professional learning in the areas of action research and the Family-School Partnerships Framework.

The two main dimensions from the Family-School Partnerships Framework that schools identified as a guideline for their planning are Communication and Connecting learning at home and at school dimensions but you can see throughout their projects the other five dimensions.

The second visit was a planning day with the project team in the development of their action plan.

A SharePoint has been developed and is now live for all the study schools to share their progress. The SharePoint includes a Blog for schools to share information and ask questions of other study schools. Each school has their own section which includes their action plan and a journal that will show the journey the school has taken to achieve the answer to their research question. All materials and research papers are included in the SharePoint.

April 2014

The Family School and Community Partnerships Bureau is conducting a study to identify and validate indicators and measures for evaluating and monitoring the success of parental engagement activity within schools and across regions and jurisdictions.  

The 2 year longitudinal study on the impact of parental engagement on improved student learning outcomes will build on previous work commissioned through the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) that continues to demonstrate the relationship between parental engagement and improved student learning outcomes and has sourced the expertise of a selection of schools and community groups across the Nation to take part in the study as identified by the Bureau Research Advisory Group.

The intended purpose for the findings of such a study is to use the results to improve learning opportunities and outcomes for students by informing the development and refinement of parental engagement resources and the framework, to better serve the needs of teachers, students, parents, communities, and school leaders in the area of parental engagement. The schools and organisations participating include: Coodanup Community College, Western Australia, Glenroy College, Victoria, Killester College, Victoria, Sackville Street PS, New South Wales, Holy Cross College, New South Wales, Maningrida College, Northern Territory, 100 Story Building, Victoria

We look forward to working with these organisations

November 2014

The Family School and Community Partnerships Bureau will conduct a study to identify and validate indicators and measures for evaluating and monitoring the success of parental engagement activity within schools and across regions and jurisdictions.  

The 2 year longitudinal study on the impact of parental engagement on improved student learning outcomes will build on previous work commissioned through the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) that continues to demonstrate the relationship between parental engagement and improved student learning outcomes and will source the expertise of a selection of schools across the Nation to take part in the study and identified by the Bureau Research Advisory Group.

Throughout the identifying and validating indicators and measures for evaluating and monitoring success of parental engagement process, the Family School and Community Partnerships Bureau will trial the resources developed as a result of the outcomes from the 2 day Parental Engagement roundtable held in September 2013 to target resourcing in the area of parental engagement.

The intended purpose for the findings of such a study is to use the results to improve learning opportunities and outcomes for students by informing the development and refinement of parental engagement resources and the framework, to better serve the needs of teachers, students, parents, communities, and school leaders in the area of parental engagement.

The Family School and Community Partnerships Bureau has employed a project officer whose role is to facilitate the 2 year longitudinal study on the impact of parental engagement on improved student learning outcomes.  The Longitudinal study project officer, Margaret Hunter, has extensive experience researching parental engagement and improved student learning outcomes and will be meeting with the Bureau Research Advisory Group to plan directions for the project shortly. Watch this space for more information to come………..