The SAGE Handbook of School Organization presents a substantial review of the history, current status and future prospects of the field of school organization. Bringing together chapters exploring key issues, important debates and points of tension, the Handbook highlights the dynamics and interplay of the political, social, historical and cultural contexts of the field. This volume is designed to provide a much-needed critically informed and coherent account of the field, against a backdrop of increasing complexity in which schooling as an institution and schools as organizations operate. Part I: Schools as organizations; Part II: The leadership, management and governance of schools as organizations; Part III: Theoretical perspectives on schools as organizations; Part IV: Organizing in schools; and Part V: Researching schools as organizations.
Chapter 29: Parental Involvement in Schools as Organizations: Examining Consistent Benefits, Persistent Challenges, and Emerging Issues
[Page 489]The school, as an organization, does not serve children in isolation. Children are embedded in families, neighborhoods, and communities in addition to schools, and a child's ability to succeed in school has been considered a shared effort among the adults in their lives. Research on parental involvement in schools, therefore, has been and continues to be an important focus for educators and policymakers as they seek to further establish collaboration between the home and school in the education of children.
From an organizational standpoint, parents can be considered stakeholders with a vested interest in ...