Virtual School Meanderings

March 22, 2016

SITE 2016 – Examining Parental Engagement at a Cyber High School

As I mentioned in the entry entitled SITE 2016 And K-12 Online Learning, the the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) 2016 annual conference is occurring in Savannah, Georgia this week, and SITE is home to the K-12 Online Learning SIG.  That means that I will be blogging many of the sessions throughout the week – including a lot today, as most of today’s slots are double and triple booked.

The first session I am blogging is:

Examining Parental Engagement at a Cyber High School

  1. Jered Borup, George Mason University, United States
  2. Mark Stevens, George Mason University, United States
  3. Lisa Hasler Waters, Flint Hill School, VA, United States

Tuesday, March 22 10:15 AM-11:15 AM in Harborside Center View on map

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As enrollments in full-time online charter schools grow, it becomes increasingly important to understand how parents are engaging in their students’ learning. In this case study we addressed this gap using parent and student interviews at a full-time online charter school. Our analysis of 19 interviews with nine parents and 10 interviews with 10 students identified five primary types of parental engagement within this setting: (1) nurturing relationships and interactions, (2) advising and mentoring, (3) organizing, (4) monitoring and motivating student engagement, and (5) instructing. We also identified barriers to effective parental engagement.

K-12 Online Learning

As I am presenting in another room during this slot, this is about all I can say about the session.  Note the links above will take you to Jered’s page in the Academic Experts system.  Also, I’d welcome any one posting notes or links in the comments below.

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