Parental Involvement: Urban Elementary School in Focus

Mary Ann S. Estorgio *

Graduate School, The Rizal Memorial Colleges, Inc Davao City, Philippines.

Cindy B. Rosil

Graduate School, The Rizal Memorial Colleges, Inc Davao City, Philippines.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

The study investigated the experiences of elementary school parents in urban areas regarding their engagement in their children’s education. Employing a qualitative research approach, specifically adopting a phenomenological design, it was conducted within selected public elementary schools in Davao City, utilizing in-depth interviews with 8 parents. Strict ethical protocols were adhered to throughout the data collection process. The findings, analyzed meticulously using thematic analysis, revealed that the most common issues faced by parents included conflicting work schedules and inadequate communication with teachers. Coping strategies employed by parents included time management, setting priorities, and active engagement. Parents emphasized the importance of effectively managing their schedules, setting clear priorities, and being intentional in their interactions with the school to fulfill their roles in their children’s education. Participants highlighted the significance of continuous communication and active involvement for achieving these goals. It is recommended that parents may prioritize effective communication with teachers to enhance their engagement in their children's education. This includes regular updates on their child's progress, discussing concerns or challenges promptly, and actively participating in school activities and meetings.

Keywords: Education, parental involvement, urban elementary school, phenomenology, Davao City, Philippines


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Estorgio , Mary Ann S., and Cindy B. Rosil. 2024. “Parental Involvement: Urban Elementary School in Focus”. Asian Journal of Education and Social Studies 50 (7):371-85. https://doi.org/10.9734/ajess/2024/v50i71470.

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