This paper reports the perceptions of parents, teachers and school administrators about the introduction and three-year implementation of an innovative model of parent participation in schools. When Nova Catholic Elementary School opened, the founding principal decided to integrate a new, more encompassing model of parent participation, the Parent Community Council (PCC), into the life of the new school. The model, not intending to replace the school Board’s policy-making responsibilities, was to be more than a traditional Parents and Friends Association (P&F) in that its members were invited to embrace and engage with all areas of school life such as the school’s Mission, the buildings and grounds, community-building, financial matters, the curriculum and the school’s administration and general organisation. These aspects of school life were intended to extend and complement the traditional fund-raising efforts of parents in schools. The researchers, through a series of focus group interviews with parents, teachers and school administrators and through administering a survey questionnaire to the entire parent body of the school, have in this paper brought together a range of perceptions of the stakeholders about the implementation of the PCC model, identifying its strengths and limitations.
|Keywords:||Parent Participation in Schools, Roles of Parents in Education, Innovation in School Governance, Structures|
Senior Lecturer in Education, School of Education Queensland, ACU National, VIRGINIA, Queensland, Australia
Head of School of Education, School of Education, ACU National, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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