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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,” “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 clicking on the DOI link, or by entering the DOI into the DOI Resolver at

Family Engagement in the United States

Adams, M. B., Womack, S. A., Shatzer, R. H., & Caldarella, P. (2010). Parent involvement in school-wide social skills instruction: Perceptions of a home note program. Education, 130(3), 513–528.

Alameda-Lawson, T., Lawson, M. A., & Lawson, H. A. (2010). Social workers' roles in facilitating the collective involvement of low-income, culturally diverse parents in an elementary school. Children & Schools, 32(3), 172–182.

Auerbach, S. (2010). Beyond coffee with the principal: Toward leadership for authentic school–family partnerships. Journal of School Leadership, 20(6), 728–757.

Barbarin, O. A., Downer, J., Odom, E. & Head, D. (2010). Home–school differences in beliefs, support, and control during public pre-kindergarten and their link to children’s kindergarten readiness. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 25(3), 358–372. doi:10.1016/j.ecresq.2010.02.003

Bartels, S. M., & Eskow, K. G. (2010). Training school professionals to engage families: A pilot University/State department of education partnership. School Community Journal, 20(2), 45–71.

Bhattacharya, A. (2010). Children and adolescents from poverty and reading development: A research review. Reading & Writing Quarterly, 26(2), 115–139. doi:10.1080/10573560903547445.

Cohen-Vogel, L., Goldring, E., & Smrekar, C. (2010). The influence of local conditions on social service partnerships, parent involvement, and community engagement in neighborhood schools. American Journal of Education, 117(1), 51–78.

Cooper, C. E. (2010). Family poverty, school-based parental involvement, and policy-focused protective factors in kindergarten. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 25(4), 480–492.

Cooper, C. E., Crosnoe, R., Suizzo, M., & Pituch, K. A. (2010). Poverty, race, and parental involvement during the transition to elementary school. Journal of Family Issues, 31(7), 859–883. doi:10.1177/0192513X09351515.

Crosnoe, R. (2009). Family–school connections and the transition of low-income youths and English language learners from middle school to high school. Developmental Psychology, 45(4), 1061–1076. doi: 10.1037/a0016131.

El Nokali, N. E., Bachman, H. J., & Votruba-Drzal, E. (2010). Parent involvement and children's academic and social development in elementary school. Child Development, 81(3), 988–1005.

Fan, W., & Williams, C. M. (2010). The effects of parental involvement on students' academic self-efficacy, engagement and intrinsic motivation. Educational Psychology, 30(1), 53–74. doi:10.1080/01443410903353302

Farrell, A. F., & Collier, M. A. (2010). School personnel's perceptions of family–school communication: A qualitative study. Improving Schools, 13(1), 4–20.

Fletcher, J., Greenwood, J., & Parkhill, F. (2010). Are schools meeting their clients' expectations? Parents voice their perceptions about children learning to read in schools today. Teaching & Teacher Education, 26(3), 438–446. doi:10.1016/j.tate.2009.05.011

Freeman, M. (2010). Knowledge is acting: Working-class parents' intentional acts of positioning within the discursive practice of involvement. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 23(2), 181–198. doi:10.1080/09518390903081629

Frenzel, A. C., Goetz, T., Pekrun, R., & Watt, H. M. G. (2010). Development of mathematics interest in adolescence: Influences of gender, family, and school context. Journal of Research on Adolescence (Blackwell Publishing Limited), 20(2), 507–537. doi:10.1111/j.1532-7795.2010.00645.x

Garfinkel, L. (2010). Improving family involvement for juvenile offenders with emotional/behavioral disorders and related disabilities. Behavioral Disorders, 36(1), 52–60.

Goncy, E. A., & van Dulmen, M. H. M. (2010). Fathers do make a difference: Parental involvement and adolescent alcohol use. Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, & Practice about Men as Fathers, 8(1), 93–108. doi:10.3149/fth.0801.93

Graves, S. (2010). Are we neglecting African American males: Parental involvement differences between African American males and females during elementary school? Journal of African American Studies, 14(2), 263–276. doi:10.1007/s12111-008-9065-2

Griffin, D., & Steen, S. (2010). School–family–community partnerships: Applying Epstein’s theory of the six types of involvement to school counselor practice. Professional School Counseling, 13(4), 218–226.

Harper, S. N., & Pelletier, J. (2010). Parent involvement in early childhood: A comparison of English language learners and English first language families. International Journal of Early Years Education, 18(2), 123–141. doi:10.1080/09669760.2010.496162

Hill, N. E., & Torres, K. (2010). Negotiating the American dream: The paradox of aspirations and achievement among Latino students and engagement between their families and schools. Journal of Social Issues, 66(1), 95–112.

Hong, S., Yoo, S., You, S., & Wu, C. (2010). The reciprocal relationship between parental involvement and mathematics achievement: Autoregressive cross-lagged modeling. Journal of Experimental Education, 78(4), 419–439. doi:10.1080/00220970903292926

Isik-Ercan, Z. (2010). Looking at school from the house window: Learning from Turkish American parents’ experiences with early elementary education in the United States. Early Childhood Education Journal, 38(2), 133–142. doi:10.1007/s10643-010-0399-8

Jeynes, W. H. (2010). The salience of the subtle aspects of parental involvement and encouraging that involvement: Implications for school-based programs. Teachers College Record, 112(3), 747–774.

Kaya, S., & Lundeen, C. (2010). Capturing parents' individual and institutional interest toward involvement in science education. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 21(7), 825–841.

Kiyama, J. M. (2010). College aspirations and limitations: The role of educational ideologies and funds of knowledge in Mexican American families. American Educational Research Journal, 47(2), 330–356. doi:10.3102/0002831209357468

LaForett, D. R., & Mendez, J. L. (2010). Parent involvement, parental depression, and program satisfaction among low-income parents participating in a two-generation early childhood education program. Early Education and Development, 21(4), 517–535.

Lagacé-Séguin, D. G., & Case, E. (2010). Extracurricular activity and parental involvement predict positive outcomes in elementary school children. Early Child Development & Care, 180(4), 453–462. doi:10.1080/03004430802040948

Lanza, H. I., & Taylor, R. D. (2010). Parenting in moderation: Family routine moderates the relation between school disengagement and delinquent behaviors among African American adolescents. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16(4), 540–547. doi:10.1037/a0021369
McCoach, D. B., Goldstein, J., Behuniak, P., Reis, S. M., Black, A. C., Sullivan, E. E., & Rambo, K. (2010). Examining the unexpected: Outlier analyses of factors affecting student achievement. Journal of Advanced Academics, 21(3), 426–468.

McFarlane, E., Burrell, L., Fuddy, L., Tandon, D., Derauf, D. C., Leaf, P., & Duggan, A. (2010). Association of home visitors' and mothers' attachment style with family engagement. Journal of Community Psychology, 38(5), 541–556. doi:10.1002/jcop.20380

Mireles-Rios, R., & Romo, L. F. (2010). Maternal and teacher interaction and student engagement in math and reading among Mexican American girls from a rural community. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 32(3), 456–469. doi:10.1177/0739986310374020

Mortier, K., Hunt, P., Leroy, M., van de Putte, I., & van Hove, G. (2010). Communities of practice in inclusive education. Educational Studies, 36(3), 345–355. doi:10.1080/03055690903424816

Patel, N., & Stevens, S. (2010). Parent–teacher–student discrepancies in academic ability beliefs: Influences on parent involvement. School Community Journal, 20(2), 115–136.

Policastro, M. M., Mazeski, D. K., & McTague, B. (2010). Parent involvement in reading. Illinois Reading Council Journal, 39(1), 60–64.

Powell, D. R., Son, S., File, N., & San Juan, R. R. (2010). Parent–school relationships and children's academic and social outcomes in public school pre-kindergarten. Journal of School Psychology, 48(4), 269–292.

Power, T. J., Hughes, C. L., Helwig, J. R., Nissley-Tsiopinis, J., Mautone, J. A., & Lavin, H. J. (2010). Getting to first base: Promoting engagement in family–school intervention for children with ADHD in urban primary care practice. School Mental Health, 2(2), 52–61. doi:10.1007/s12310-010-9029-2

Rowley, S. J., Helaire, L. J., & Banerjee, M. (2010). Reflecting on racism: School involvement and perceived teacher discrimination in African American mothers. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 31(1), 83–92.

Ryan, C. S., Casas, J. F., Kelly-Vance, L., Ryalls, B. O., & Nero, C. (2010). Parent involvement and views of school success: The role of parents’ Latino and White American cultural orientations. Psychology in the Schools, 47(4), 391–405.

Sar, B. K., Antle, B. F., Bledsoe, L. K., Barbee, A. P., & Van Zyl, M. A. (2010). The importance of expanding home visitation services to include strengthening family relationships for the benefit of children. Children & Youth Services Review, 32(2), 198–205.

Sheridan, S. M., Knoche, L. L., Edwards, C. P., Bovaird, J. A., & Kupzyk, K. A. (2010). Parent engagement and school readiness: Effects of the Getting Ready intervention on preschool children's social-emotional competencies. Early Education and Development, 21(1), 125–156. doi:10.1080/10409280902783517

Stanard, P., Belgrave, F. Z., Corneille, M. A., Wilson, K. D., & Owens, K. (2010). Promoting academic achievement: The role of peers and family in the academic engagement of African American adolescents. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 38(3), 198–212. doi:10.1080/10852352.2010.486298

Strayhorn, T. L. (2010). The role of schools, families, and psychological variables on math achievement of Black high school students. High School Journal, 93(4), 177–194.

Suárez-Orozco, C., Onaga, M., & Lardemelle, C. (2010). Promoting academic engagement among immigrant adolescents through school–family–community collaboration. Professional School Counseling, 14(1), 15–26.

Topor, D. R., Keane, S. P., Shelton, T. L., & Calkins, S. D. (2010). Parent involvement and student academic performance: A multiple mediational analysis. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 38(3), 183–197. doi:10.1080/10852352.2010.486297

Walsh, P. (2010). Is parental involvement lower at larger schools? Economics of Education Review, 29(6), 959–970.

Wanat, C. L. (2010). Challenges balancing collaboration and independence in home–school relationships: Analysis of parents’ perceptions in one district. School Community Journal, 20(1), 159–186.

Warner, C. H. (2010). Emotional safeguarding: Exploring the nature of middle-class parents' school involvement. Sociological Forum, 25(4), 703–724. doi:10.1111/j.1573-7861.2010.01208.x

Wasik, B. A., & Hindman, A. H. (2010). Understanding the home language and literacy environments of Head Start families: Testing the family literacy survey and interpreting its findings. NHSA Dialog: A Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Intervention Field, 13(2), 71–91.

Wiseman, A. (2010). Family involvement in four voices: Administrator, teacher, students, and community member. Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 7(1), 115–124.

Ziomek-Daigle, J. (2010). Schools, families, and communities affecting the dropout rate: Implications and strategies for family counselors. Family Journal, 18(4), 377–385. doi:10.1177/1066480710374871

International Family Engagement

Bæck, U. K. (2010). Parental involvement practices in formalized home–school cooperation. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 54(6), 549–563. doi:10.1080/00313831.2010.522845

Blackmore, J., & Hutchison, K. (2010). Ambivalent relations: The 'tricky footwork' of parental involvement in school communities. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 14(5), 499–515. doi:10.1080/13603110802657685

Giallo, R., Treyvaud, K., Matthews, J., & Kienhuis, M. (2010). Making the transition to primary school: An evaluation of a transition program for parents. Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, 10, 1–17.

Gu, W., & Yawkey, T. D. (2010). Working with parents and family: Factors that influence Chinese teachers' attitudes toward parent involvement. Journal of Instructional Psychology, 37(2), 146–152.

Hornby, G., & Witte, C. (2010). Parent involvement in rural elementary schools in New Zealand: A survey. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 19(6), 771–777.

Lewin, C., & Luckin, R. (2010). Technology to support parental engagement in elementary education: Lessons learned from the UK. Computers & Education, 54(3), 749–758. doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2009.08.010

Parmar, P., & Rohner, R. P. (2010). Perceived teacher and parental acceptance and behavioral control, school conduct, and psychological adjustment among school-going adolescents in India. Cross-Cultural Research, 44(3), 253–268. doi:10.1177/1069397110367613

Rohner, R. P. (2010). Perceived teacher acceptance, parental acceptance, and the adjustment, achievement, and behavior of school-going youths internationally. Cross-Cultural Research: The Journal of Comparative Social Science, 44(3), 211–221. doi:10.1177/1069397110366849

Rohner, R. P., Parmar, P., & Ibrahim, M. (2010). Perceived teachers' acceptance, parental acceptance, behavioral control, school conduct, and psychological adjustment among school-age children in Kuwait. Cross-Cultural Research, 44(3), 269–282. doi:10.1177/1069397110366935

Tulviste, T., & Rohner, R. P. (2010). Relationships between perceived teachers’ and parental behavior and adolescent outcomes in Estonia. Cross-Cultural Research: The Journal of Comparative Social Science, 44(3), 222–238. doi:10.1177/1069397110366797

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.]

Bastian, J. J. (2010). Exploring parental perception of involvement with college students (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3404001)

Bollinger, S. M. (2010). FAME: Families Achieving Mathematical Excellence—the process of developing a family involvement program for a western rural middle school serving American Indian students (Doctoral Dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3403032)

Britten, R. R. (2010). Families' and teachers' perceptions of family involvement at the high school level (Doctoral Dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3369633)

Echeverri-Sucerquia, P. A. (2010). Parent engagement and cultural capital: Negotiating culture in a multilingual/multiethnic school (Doctoral Dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3426657)

Fuller, C. (2010) Factors that contribute to the engagement of Latino immigrant parents through student-led conferences (Doctoral Dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3436604)

Haines, S. E. (2010). An exploratory study of parental and program volunteer perspectives on Hispanic youth participation in Indiana 4-H Youth Development programs (Doctoral Dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 1490655)

Martin, J. D. (2010). How school practices to promote parental involvement influence student success (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3373927)

Miano, A. A. (2010). Quiero estudiar! Mexican immigrant mothers' participation in their children's schooling—and their own (Doctoral Dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3413438)

Nguyen-Hernandez, A. (2010). Making the connection: Parent and community involvement and the California urban superintendent (Doctoral Dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3403620)

Schulting, A. (2010). The kindergarten home visit project: A kindergarten transition intervention study (Doctoral Dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3397780)

Smith, L. K. (2011). The impact of a targeted home visitation program on teacher attitudes, teacher practice and parent participation in selected urban elementary school classrooms (Doctoral Dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3415532).

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.

Bottoms, G. (2010). Summer strategies for successful transitions from middle to high school. Retrieved from The National Summer Learning Association website:

Bridgeland, J. M., Balfanz, R., Moore, L. A., & Friant, R. S. (2010). Raising their voices: Engaging students, teachers, and parents to help end the high school dropout epidemic. Retrieved from Civic Enterprises website:

Conley, D. T., McGaughy, C. L., Kirtner, J., van der Valk, A., & Martinez-Wenzl, M. (2010, April). College readiness practices at 38 high schools and the development of the CollegeCareerReady School Diagnostic Tool. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, Colorado. Retrieved from the Educational Policy Improvement Center website:

Chaudry, A., Capps, R., Pedroza, J. M., Castaneda, R. M., Santos, R., & Scott, M. M. (2010). Facing our future: Children in the aftermath of immigration enforcement. Retrieved from the Urban Institute website:

Hadley, A. M., Mbwana, K., & Hair, E. C. (2010, March). What works for some home visiting programs: Lessons from experimental evaluations of programs and interventions (Child Trends Fact Sheet No. 2010-05). Retrieved from the Child Trends website:

Hartlep, N. D., & Ellis, A. (2010, October). Are household income, gender, and race important in shaping parental involvement in children's education? Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Education Research Association (NERA), Rocky Hill, CT. Retrieved from NERA website:

Higgins, L., Stagman, S., & Smith, S. (2010). Improving supports for parents of young children: State-level initiatives. Retrieved from National Center for Children in Poverty website:

Southern Regional Education Board. (2010). High Schools that Work: Implementing strategies to achieve successful student transitions. Retrieved from the Southern Regional Education Board 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.

Edwards, P. A., McMillon, G. T., & Turner, J. D. (2010). Change is gonna come: Transforming literacy education for African American students. New York: Teachers College Press.

Gimpel Peacock, G. & Collett, B. R. (2010). Collaborative home/school interventions: evidence-based solutions for emotional, behavioral, and academic problems. New York: Guilford Press.

Hiatt-Michael, D.B. (2010). Promising practices to support family involvement in schools. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Houston, P. D., Blankstein, A. M., & Cole, R. W. (Eds.). (2010). Leadership for Family and Community Involvement. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Kagan, S. L., & Tarrant, K. (2010). Transitions for young children: Creating connections across early childhood systems. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing Company.

Thomas, P. L. (2010). Parental choice? A critical reconsideration of choice and the debate about choice. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Weiss, H. B., Kreider, H., Lopez, E., & Chatman-Nelson, C. (Ed.). (2010). Preparing educators to engage families: case studies using an ecological systems framework. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

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