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The Harvard Family Research Project separated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education to become the Global Family Research Project as of January 1, 2017. It is no longer affiliated with Harvard University.

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The resources in this bibliography were found via a number of online databases. More information about specific search methods is outlined in each section below. The key search terms used were a combination of “parent,” “family,” “home,” “school,” “teacher,” “engagement,” “participation,” “involvement,” “student,” “education,” “relationship,” and “cooperation.” We read abstracts from this initial list of publications and selected empirical studies relating to family involvement.

Please note that this compilation is not reviewed, nor does it represent the universe of recent family involvement research. We therefore invite member suggestions for additions to this list. To make suggestions, please contact FINE at

Journal Articles

Finding Journal Articles
To compile the journal articles (both domestic and international), we searched the electronic databases of ERIC, Education Search Premier, Education Abstracts, and PsycINFO. Many of the citations below include a “DOI,” or Digital Object Identifier; this alphanumeric string is assigned by the International DOI Foundation to help identify content and provide a consistent link to its location on the internet. You may access the article  by entering the DOI into the DOI Resolver at

Family Engagement in the United States

Anderson-Butcher, D., Lawson, H. A., Bean, J., Flaspohler, P., Boone, B., & Kwaitkowski, A. (2008). Community collaboration to improve schools: Introducing a new model from Ohio. Children & Schools, 30(3), 161–172.

Arndt, J. S., & McGuire-Schwartz, M. (2008). Early childhood school success: Recognizing families as integral partners. Childhood Education, 84(5), 281.

Baum, A. C., & Swick, K. J. (2008). Dispositions toward families and family involvement: Supporting preservice teacher development. Early Childhood Education Journal, 35(6), 579–584. doi:10.1007/s10643-007-0229-9

Bryan, J., & Henry, L. (2008). Strengths-based partnerships: A school–family–community partnership approach to empowering students. Professional School Counseling, 12(2), 149–156.

Burbank, M. D., & Hunter, R. (2008). The community advocate model: Linking communities, school districts, and universities to support families and exchange knowledge. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 1(1), 47–55.

Chavkin, N. F., & Chavkin, A. (2008). Promising website practices for disseminating research on family–school partnerships to the community. The School Community Journal, 18(1), 79–92.

Chen, C., Kyle, D. W., & McIntyre, E. (2008). Helping teachers work effectively with English language learners and their families. The School Community Journal, 18(1), 7–20.

Cimino, C. (2008). Meet the parents. Momentum (National Catholic Education Association Journal), 39(3), 36–38.

Cousins, L. H., Mickelson, R. A., Williams, B., & Velasco, A. (2008). Race and class challenges in community collaboration for educational change. The School Community Journal, 18(2), 29–52.

Davidson, A., Schwartz, S. E. O., & Noam, G. G. (2008). Creating youth leaders: Community supports. New Directions for Youth Development, 120, 127–137.

Dearing, E., Kreider, H., & Weiss, H. B. (2008). Increased family involvement in school predicts improved child–teacher relationships and feelings about school for low-income children. Marriage & Family Review, 43(3-4), 226–254. doi:10.1080/01494920802072462

Doucet, F. (2008). How African American parents understand their and teachers' roles in children's schooling and what this means for preparing preservice teachers. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 29(2), 108–139. doi:10.1080/10901020802059441

Flynn, G., & Nolan, B. (2008). What do school principals think about current school–family relationships? NASSP Bulletin, 92(3), 173–190. doi:10.1177/019263650832266

Garbacz, S. A., Woods, K. E., Swanger-Gagne, M. S., Taylor, A. M., Black, K. A., & Sheridan, S. M. (2008). Conjoint behavioral consultation: The effectiveness of a partnership-centered approach. School Psychology Quarterly, 23(3), 313–326.

Habegger, S. (2008). The principal's role in successful schools: Creating a positive school culture. Principal, 88(1), 42–46.

Hall, H. R. (2008). Student–parent–teacher partnerships: Creating safe classrooms and communities. Democracy & Education, 18(1), 46–49.

Hallinan, M. T. (2008). Teacher influences on students' attachment to school. Sociology of Education, 81(3), 271–283.

Hands, C. M. (2008). Circles of influence: The role of school–community partnerships in the character formation and citizenship of secondary school students. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 54(1), 50–64.

Harry, B. (2008). Collaboration with culturally and linguistically diverse families: Ideal versus reality. Exceptional Children, 74(3), 372–388.

Hartas, D. (2008). Practices of parental participation: A case study. Educational Psychology in Practice, 24(2), 139–153. doi:10.1080/0266736080201920

Henrich, C. C., & Gadaire, D. M. (2008). Head start and parent involvement. Infants & Young Children, 21(1), 56–69. doi:10.1097/01.IYC.0000306373.48038.e6

Hernandez, D. J., Denton, N. A., Macartney, S. E., & Society for Research in Child Development. (2008). Children in immigrant families: Looking to America’s future. Social Policy Report, 22(3).

Hernandez, J. E., Harry, B., Newman, L., & Cameto, R. (2008). Survey of family involvement in and satisfaction with the Los Angeles Unified School District special education processes. Journal of Special Education Leadership, 21(2), 84–93.

Hillaker, B. D., Brophy-Herb, H., Villarruel, F. A., & Haas, B. E. (2008). The contributions of parenting to social competencies and positive values in middle school youth: Positive family communication, maintaining standards, and supportive family relationships. Family Relations, 57(5), 591–601. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3729.2008.00525.x

Huang, G. H., & Mason, K. L. (2008). Motivations of parental involvement in children's learning: Voices from urban African American families of preschoolers. Multicultural Education, 15(3), 20–27.

Knopf, H. T., & Swick, K. J. (2008). Using our understanding of families to strengthen family involvement. Early Childhood Education Journal, 35(5), 419–427. doi:10.1007/s10643-007-0198-z

Kozleski, E. B., Engelbrecht, P., Hess, R., Swart, E., Eloff, I., Oswald, M., . . . Jain, S. (2008). Where differences matter: A cross-cultural analysis of family voice in special education. The Journal of Special Education, 42(1), 26–35. doi:10.1177/0022466907313606

Kuperminc, G. P., Darnell, A. J., & Alvarez-Jimenez, A. (2008). Parent involvement in the academic adjustment of Latino middle and high school youth: Teacher expectations and school belonging as mediators. Journal of Adolescence, 31(4), 469–483. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2007.09.003

Levine, T. H., Irizarry, J. G., & Bunch, G. C. (2008). Beyond open houses: School promotes cross-cultural understanding among teachers and language-minority families. The Journal of Staff Development, 29(1), 29–33.

Lo, L. (2008). Expectations of Chinese families of children with disabilities towards American schools. The School Community Journal, 18(2), 73–90.

Loughran, S. B. (2008). The importance of teacher/parent partnerships: Preparing pre-service and in-service teachers. Journal of College Teaching & Learning, 5(8), 35–38.

McWayne, C., Campos, R., & Owsianik, M. (2008). A multidimensional, multilevel examination of mother and father involvement among culturally diverse Head Start families. Journal of School Psychology, 46(5), 551–573. doi:10.1016/j.jsp.2008.06.001

Mulholland, R., & Blecker, N. (2008). Parents and special educators: Pre-service teachers' discussion points. International Journal of Special Education, 23(1), 48–53.

Muscott, H. S., Szczesiul, S., Berk, B., Staub, K., Hoover, J., & Perry-Chisholm, P. (2008). Creating home–school partnerships by engaging families in schoolwide positive behavior supports. TEACHING Exceptional Children, 40(6), 6–14.

O'Donnell, J., Kirkner, S. L., & Meyer-Adams, N. (2008). Low-income, urban consumers' perceptions of community school outreach practices, desired services, and outcomes. The School Community Journal, 18(2), 147–164.

Orozco, G. L. (2008). Understanding the culture of low-income immigrant Latino parents: Key to involvement. The School Community Journal, 18(1), 21–37.

Quintanar, A. P., & Warren, S. R. (2008). Listening to the voices of Latino parent volunteers. Kappa Delta Pi Record, 44(3), 119–123.

Riley, K. (2008). Can schools successfully meet their educational aims without the clear support of their local communities? Journal of Educational Change, 9(3), 311–316.

Sanders, M. G. (2008). How parent liaisons can help bridge the home–school gap. The Journal of Educational Research, 101(5), 287–298. doi:10.3200/JOER.101.5.287-29.

Sanders, M. G. (2008). Using diverse data to develop and sustain school, family and community partnerships: A district case study. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 36(4), 530–54.

Sheridan, S. M., Marvin, C. A., Knoche, L. L., & Edwards, C. P. (2008). Getting ready: Promoting school readiness through a relationship-based partnership model. Early Childhood Services, 2(3), 149–17.

Unal, Z. (2008). Going the extra step for parental involvement: Connecting family and school with the power of teacher websites. Journal of College Teaching & Learning, 5(6), 43–50.

Xu, Y. (2008). Developing meaningful IFSP outcomes through a family-centered approach using the double ABCX model. Young Exceptional Children, 12(1), 2–19.

International Family Engagement

Berthelsen, D., & Walker, S. (2008). Parents' involvement in their children's education. Family Matters, 79, 34–41.

Chodkiewicz, A., Widin, J., & Yasukawa, K. (2008). Engaging aboriginal families to support student and community learning. Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, 2(1), 64–81.

Conteh, J., & Kawashima, Y. (2008). Diversity in family involvement in children's learning in English primary schools: Culture, language and identity. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 7(2), 113–125.

Deslandes, R., Fournier, H., & Morin, L. (2008). Evaluation of a school, family, and community partnerships program for preservice teachers in Quebec, Canada. The Journal of Educational Thought. Revue de la pensée educative, 42(1), 27–51.

Feiler, A., Andrews, J., Greenhough, P., Hughes, M., Johnson, D., Scanlan, M., & Yee, W. C. (2008). The home school knowledge exchange project: Linking home and school to improve children's literacy. Support for Learning, 23(1), 12–18. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9604.2008.00363.x

Gu, W. (2008). New horizons and challenges in China's public schools for parent involvement. Education, 128(4), 570–578.

Harris, A., & Goodall, J. (2008). Do parents know they matter? Engaging all parents in learning. Educational Research, 50(3), 277–289. doi:10.1080/00131880802309424

Ladky, M., & Peterson, S. S. (2008). Successful practices for immigrant parent involvement: An Ontario perspective. Multicultural Perspectives, 10(2), 82–89. doi:10.1080/15210960801997932

Reilly, E. (2008). Parental involvement through better communication. Middle School Journal, 39(3), 40–47.

Dissertations and Theses

Finding Dissertations and Theses
This bibliography includes master’s and doctoral dissertations. Unless otherwise noted, the following dissertations and theses are available through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database (for a fee) at [To avoid the cost, find out if your affiliate library subscribes to ProQuest. If you do not have access to ProQuest or if you are looking for a dissertation or thesis that is not published, your university or local public library may be able to borrow the item through an interlibrary loan. Another option is to check the website, where some U.S. and international universities make their dissertations and theses available electronically.]

Canada, G. L. (2008). The role of the school social worker in family involvement as identified by family specialists and parents in selected Title I schools in North East Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3296344)

Graham, D. H. J. (2008). The role of parental involvement in the education of secondary school children in Barbados: An examination of family and school contexts on classroom motivation (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3299683)

Humerez, S. L. (2008). Parental involvement in children's schooling: A longitudinal multi-case study of three mother participants in a family literacy project (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3291286)

Patterson, M. A. (2008). What do the perceptions of middle school students reveal about family–school involvement partnership practices? (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3314575)

Rogers, R. R. H. (2008). The role of communications technologies in facilitating parental involvement in middle schools (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3313741)

Stevens, V. K. (2008). Parental involvement in two elementary schools: A qualitative case study (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3292629)

Whitehouse, E. M. (2008). Family involvement in school: Family and teacher perceptions and effects on student performance (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3302323)

Research Briefs, Papers, and Reports

Finding Research Briefs, Papers, and Reports
These briefs, papers, and reports were found via EBSCO and through Harvard Family Research Project’s FINE Newsletter.

Adelman, H., & Taylor, L. (2008). Community schools: Working toward institutional transformation. Los Angeles, CA: Center for Mental Health in Schools, UCLA. Retrieved from UCLA School of Mental Health Project website:

Afterschool Alliance (2008). Afterschool: Supporting family involvement in schools. Afterschool Alert (Issue Brief No. 32). Retrieved from Afterschool Alliance website:

Bridgeland, J., Dilulio, J., Streeter, R., & Mason, J (2008). One dream, two realities: Perspectives of parents on America’s high schools. Civic Enterprises in association with Peter D. Hart Research Associates for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Retrieved from Civic Enterprises website:

Child Trends (2008). Strategies for improving out-of-school programs in rural communities. Research-to-Results brief (Publication No. 2008-18). Retrieved from Child Trends website:

The Economic Policy Institute (2008). A broader, bolder approach to education. Retrieved from Broader, Bolder Approach to Education website:

Gertler, P., Rubio-Codina, M., & Patrinos, H. (2008). Empowering parents to improve education: Evidence from rural Mexico. World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series. Retrieved from Social Sciences Research Network website:

Herrold, K., & O'Donnell, K. (2008). Parent and family involvement in education, 2006–07 school year, from the national household education surveys program of 2007. (NCES 2008-050). Retrieved from Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics website:

Kosciw, J. G., & Diaz, E. M. (2008). Involved, invisible, ignored: The experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents and their children in our nation's K–12 schools. Retrieved from Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) website:

Maryland State Department of Education. (2008). A parent's guide: Maryland's plan for PreK–12 education, 2008. Retrieved from Maryland State Department of Education website:

Montgomery, J. R. (2008). Involving parents at school. Working paper. Retrieved from an online submission from the University of Phoenix at:

Noel, J. (2008). A school-based urban teacher education program that enhances school–community connections. Paper presented at the 2008 International Roundtable on School, Family, and Community Partnerships, New York. Retrieved from

United States Department of Education (2008). Partnerships in character education state pilot projects, 1995–2001: Lessons learned. Retrieved from U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools website:

Read, T. (2008). School, community, family connections: Closing the achievement gap series. Retrieved from Annie E. Casey Foundation website:

Tsoi-A-Fatt, R. (2008). Collective responsibility, collective work: Supporting the path to positive life outcomes for youth in economically distressed communities. Retrieved from Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) website:

Zaff, J. F. (2008). Putting children front and center: Building coherent social policy for America's children. Retrieved from First Focus website:


Finding Books
These books were found through HOLLIS (the Harvard University online library catalog), but should also be available through most library catalogs and bookstores.

Cornish, M. (2008). Promising practices for partnering with families in the early years. Charlotte, NC: IAP.

McDermott, D. (2008). Developing caring relationships among parents, children, schools, and communities. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Olsen, G. W., & Fuller, M. L. (2008). Home–school relations: Working successfully with parents and families (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson/Allyn and Bacon.

Ratcliff, N. C. (2008). Family involvement in early childhood education. In D. Wiseman (Ed.), The American family: Understanding its changing dynamics and place in society (pp. 129–143). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas Publisher.

Tollefson, K. (2008). Volatile knowing: Parents, teachers, and the censored story of accountability in America’s public schools. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Tough, P. (2008). Whatever it takes: Geoffrey Canada’s quest to change Harlem and America. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.

Turner-Vorbeck, T., & Miller Marsh, M. (2008). Other kinds of families: Embracing diversity in schools. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

United States Congress Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (2008). NCLB reauthorization: Effective strategies for engaging parents and communities in schools: Hearing of the committee on health, education, labor, and pensions, united states senate, one hundred tenth Congress, first session, on examining No Child Left Behind reauthorization, focusing on effective strategies for engaging parents and communities to be involved in schools, March 28, 2007. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.

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