School of Education
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)
Parent Involvement, Enlisted Soldiers, Officers, Perceptions, Military-affiliated Schools
Ware, Tabatha, "Differences in Parent Involvement Perceptions: A Quantitative Study of Soldiers with Children in Elementary School" (2019). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2228.
This study examined perceptions of effective parent involvement for military parents with children in elementary school. Schools can cater to the needs of military parents by offering activities that parents prefer when consideration is given to rank and the grade level of the child. The population included soldiers stationed at an Army post in the southeastern part the United States. The target population was military parents with children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The sample population included the military parents with children enrolled in elementary schools near the Army installation. A causal-comparative research design was used to compare mean scores of parents’ perception of effective parent involvement. A modified version of the Effective Parent Involvement: Parent and Teacher Perceptions Survey evaluated the perceptions of effective parent involvement based on five dimensions. Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) was used to determine the difference in perception means of officers and enlisted soldiers who have students in a military-affiliated elementary school and perception mean scores according to grade level. Extreme outliers were checked using box plots. Scatterplots were used to check for linear relationships between dimensions. The multivariate homogeneity of covariance test was Box’s M. Levene’s test for homogeneity of variances was used. Cronbach’s alpha was conducted for reliability of the instrument’s dimensions. The findings of this study revealed the lack of parent involvement is not due to military rank or the grade level of the child.