Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 7(3), pp. 874 - 884
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2019.070329
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The Evaluation of School-Parent Association Activities According to the Views of the Teachers


Bilgen Kiral *, Yusuf Gidis
Department of Educational Administration, Faculty of Education, Aydin Adnan Menderes University, Turkey

ABSTRACT

This research aims to evaluate the activities of School-Parent Association (SPA) in Turkey according to the teachers' views. The study was conducted with 10 volunteer teachers who participated in the activities of SPA in two public Anatolian high schools in Turgutlu district of Manisa province in Turkey in 2017-2018 academic year. The results of the research show that the teachers have little knowledge about SPA members. The duties of SPA are identified as generating monetary resources for teachers, school and students in need, organising social activities to increase student achievement and improving physical conditions of the school. The results show that the work of SPA is seen as inefficient and the middle-income parents who have successful children with no disciplinary problem usually attend SPA meetings. The reasons for low participation in SPA are expressed as its responsibilities and the financial contribution expected from parents during meetings. Some of the suggestions which were determined to participate the SPA, to increase to parent participation are increasing communication, addressing prejudices, explaining the importance of SPA to all stakeholders of the school, including parents in management meetings, supporting a legal legislation that appreciates work of teachers and parents, organising family/ home visits and reaching out parents through phones or text messages.

KEYWORDS
School-Parent Association (SPA), Teacher, Anatolian High School, Meeting

Cite this paper
Bilgen Kiral , Yusuf Gidis . "The Evaluation of School-Parent Association Activities According to the Views of the Teachers." Universal Journal of Educational Research 7.3 (2019) 874 - 884. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2019.070329.