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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,” “digital media and learning,” 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.

Following are the categories in this bibliography: 

Journal Articles | Dissertations and Theses | Research Briefs, Papers, and Reports | Books

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

Baquedano-López, P., Alexander, R. A., & Hernandez, S. J. (2013). Equity issues in parental and community involvement in schools: What teacher educators need to know (Chapter 5). Review of Research in Education, 37(1), 149–182.
doi: 10.3102/0091732X12459718

Bergman, D. (2013). Comparing the effects of suburban and urban field placements on teacher candidates' experiences and perceptions of family engagement in middle and high schools. School Community Journal, 23(2), 87–112. Retrieved from

Boberiene, L. V. (2013). Can policy facilitate human capital development? The critical role of student and family engagement in schools.  American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 83(2pt3), 346–351. doi: 10.1111/ajop.12041

Bokoni, P., Whiteside-Mansell, L., & Swindle, T. (2013). Family map inventory and TIPS for great kids!: Tools for increasing parent-teacher communication. NHSA Dialog, 16(1), 183–188. Retrieved from

Chan, C. S., Rhodes, J. E., Howard, W. J., Lowe, S. R., Schwartz, S. E., & Herrera, C. (2013). Pathways of influence in school-based mentoring: The mediating role of parent and teacher relationships. Journal of School Psychology, 51(1), 129–142. doi: 10.1016/j.jsp.2012.10.001

Dikkers, A. G. (2013). Family connections: Building connections among home, school, and community. Childhood Education, 89(2), 115–116. doi: 10.1080/00094056.2013.774247

Dufur, M. J., Parcel, T. L., & Troutman, K. P. (2013). Does capital at home matter more than capital at school? Social capital effects on academic achievement. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 31, 1–21.

Dunlop, T. (2013). Family engagement in student learning: A conversation with Dr. Maria C. Paredes. Education Digest, 78(8), 34–38. Retrieved from

Elish-Piper, L., Lule, L., & Wilkerson, M. M. (2013). Parent involvement in reading. Illinois Reading Council Journal, 42(1), 55–58.

Estell, D. B., & Perdue, N. H. (2013). Social support and behavioral and affective school engagement: The effects of peers, parents, and teachers. Psychology in the Schools, 50(4), 325–339. doi: 10.1002/pits.21681

Evans, M. P. (2013). Educating preservice teachers for family, school, and community engagement. Teaching Education, 24(2), 123–133. doi: 10.1080/10476210.2013.786897

Frew, L. A., Zhou, Q., Duran, J., Kwok, O. M., & Benz, M. R. (2013). Effect of school-initiated parent outreach activities on parent involvement in school events. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 24(1), 27–35. doi: 10.1177/1044207311427163

Froiland, J. M., Peterson, A., & Davison, M. L. (2013). The long-term effects of early parent involvement and parent expectation in the USA. School Psychology International, 34(1), 33–50. doi: 10.1177/0143034312454361

Garcia-Reid, P., Peterson, C. H., & Reid, R. J. (2013). Parent and teacher support among Latino immigrant youth: Effects on school engagement and school trouble avoidance. Education and Urban Society. doi: 10.1177/0013124513495278

Gonzalez, L. M., Borders, L. D., Hines, E. M., Villalba, J. A., & Henderson, A. (2013). Parental involvement in children’s education: Considerations for school counselors working with Latino immigrant families. Professional School Counseling, 16, 185–193.

Gonzalez, R. L., & Jackson, C. L. (2013). Engaging with parents: The relationship between school engagement efforts, social class, and learning. School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 24(3), 316–335.
doi: 10.1080/09243453.2012.680893

Hands, C. (2013). Including all families in education: School district-level efforts to promote parent engagement in Ontario, Canada. Teaching Education, 24(2), 134–149. doi: 10.1080/10476210.2013.786893

Henderson, A. T., & Whipple, M. (2013). How to connect with families. Educational Leadership, 70(9), 44–48.

Henrich, C. C. (2013). Commentary on the special issue on parent involvement/engagement in early childhood education. Dialog, 16(1), 253–258.

Hindman, A. H., Skibbe, L. E., & Morrison, F. J. (2013). Teacher outreach to families across the transition to school: An examination of teachers’ practices and their unique contributions to children’s early academic outcomes. Early Childhood Education Journal, 41(5), 391–399. doi: 10.1007/s10643-010-0410-4

Kim, E. M., Sheridan, S. M., Kwon, K., & Koziol, N. (2013). Parent beliefs and children's social-behavioral functioning: The mediating role of parent–teacher relationships.  Journal of School Psychology, 51(2), 175–185.
doi: 10.1016/j.jsp.2013.01.003

Kingston, S., Huang, K. Y., Calzada, E., Dawson‐McClure, S., & Brotman, L. (2013). Parent involvement in education as a moderator of family and neighborhood socioeconomic context on school readiness among young children. Journal of Community Psychology, 41(3), 265–276. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21528

Kraft, M. A., & Dougherty, S. M. The effect of teacher-family communication on student engagement: Evidence from a randomized field experiment. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness. 2013, 6(3), 199–222.
doi: 10.1080/19345747.2012.743636

McWayne, C. M., Melzi, G., Schick, A. R., Kennedy, J. L., & Mundt, K. (2013). Defining family engagement among Latino Head Start parents: A mixed-methods measurement development study. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 28(3), 593–607. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2013.03.008

Mehlig, L., & Shumow, L. (2013). How is my child doing?: Preparing pre-service teachers to engage parents through assessment. Teaching Education, 24(2), 181–194. doi: 10.1080/10476210.2013.786892

Miller, G. E., Lines, C., Sullivan, E., & Hermanutz, K. (2013). Preparing educators to partner with families. Teaching Education, 24(2), 150–163. doi: 10.1080/10476210.2013.786889

Molina, S.C. (2013). Family, school, community engagement, and partnerships: An area of continued inquiry and growth. Teaching Education, 24(2), 235–238. doi: 10.1080/10476210.2013.786894

Murray, M. M., & Mereoiu, M. (2013). Ohio's parent teacher partnership program. Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies, 4(6), 855–857.

Olmstead, C. (2013). Using technology to increase parent involvement in schools. TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 57(6), 28–37. doi: 10.1007/s11528-013-0699-0

Ozcinar, Z., & Ekizoglu, N. (2013). Evaluation of a blog based parent involvement approach by parents. Computers & Education, 66, 1–10. doi: 10.1016/j.compedu.2013.01.012

Park, S., & Holloway, S. D. (2013). No parent left behind: Predicting parental involvement in adolescents' education within a sociodemographically diverse population. The Journal of Educational Research, 106(2), 105–119. Retrieved from

Patel, S., & Corter, C. M. (2013). Building capacity for parent involvement through school-based preschool services. Early Child Development and Care, 183(7), 981–1004. doi: 10.1080/03004430.2012.701625

Plotnik, R. (2013). The ‘parental voice’: How the infant-toddler (zero to three years) education system should deal with parents. Early Child Development and Care, 183(12), 1943–1954. doi: 10.1080/03004430.2013.763251

Plowman, L., & McPake, J. (2013). Seven myths about young children and technology. Childhood Education, 89(1), 27–33. doi: 10.1080/00094056.2013.757490

Posey-Maddox, L. (2013). Professionalizing the PTO: Race, class, and shifting norms of parental engagement in a city public school. American Journal of Education, 119(2), 235–260. doi: 10.1086/668754

Quezada, R., Alexandrowicz, V., & Molina, S. (2013). Family, school, community engagement, and partnerships: An imperative for k-12, and colleges of education in the development of twenty-first-century educators. Teaching Education, 24(2), 119–122. doi: 10.1080/10476210.2013.786888

Sheldon, S. (2013). High-quality teaching draws in families. Education Week, 33(11), 26–27. Retrieved from

Stacer, M. J., & Perrucci, R. (2013). Parental involvement with children at school, home, and community. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 34(3), 340–354. doi: 10.1007/s10834-012-9335-y

Whitaker, M., & Hoover-Dempsey, K. (2013). School influences on parents’ role beliefs. Elementary School Journal, 114(1), 73–99. Retrieved from

Wang, M. T., & Sheikh‐Khalil, S. (2013). Does parental involvement matter for student achievement and mental health in high school? Child Development, 85(2) doi: 10.1111/cdev.12153

International Family Engagement

Broomhead, K. E. (2013). ‘You cannot learn this from a book’; Pre-service teachers developing empathy towards parents of children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) via parent stories. European Journal of Special Needs Education, 28(2), 173–186. doi: 10.1080/08856257.2013.778109

von Otter, C. (2013). Family resources and mid‐life level of education: A longitudinal study of the mediating influence of childhood parental involvement. British Educational Research Journal. doi: 10.1002/berj.3111

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.]

Copeland, M. R. (2013). Parent involvement in elementary school libraries (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3569346)

Dunkley, K. (2013). Parent & family engagement as an urban school reform strategy: The role of parent ombudsmen and the intersections of intercultural competence and social capital (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3591036)

Hodges, T. L. (2013). Survey of the effectiveness of Epstein's Model of family engagement with special needs parents (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3563483)

McGinn, K. (2013). Parental engagement in a school district in crisis: Examining school reform through the lens of family involvement (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3565158)

Robinson, T. S. (2013). Parental involvement: Motivation factors among African American parents (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3558220)

Wells, E. S. (2013). Components of family engagement programs in Evansville, Indiana, middle schools that impact parent participation and student success (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3589592)

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.

Common Sense Media. (2013). Zero to eight: Children's media use in America 2013. San Francisco, CA: Common Sense Media. Retrieved from

Harris, E., & Wilkes, S. (2013).  Partnerships for learning: Community support for youth success. Harvard Family Research Project. Retrieved from

Harvard Family Research Project. (2013). Tips for administrators, teachers, and families: How to share data effectively.  Retrieved from

Henderson, A. T., Carson, J., Avallone, P., & Whipple, M. (2013). Making the most of school-family compacts. Retrieved from

Mathis, W. (2013). Research-based options for education policymaking: English language learners and parental involvement. National Education Policy Center. Retrieved from

Noel, A., Stark, P., & Redford, J. (2013). Parent and family involvement in education, from the national household education surveys Program of 2012. First Look. NCES 2013028. National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved from

Patton, C., Lopez, M. E., LoCasale-Crouch, J., & Sweeney, B. (2013).  Family engagement in transitions: Transition to kindergarten. National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement. Retrieved from

Smith, S., Robbins, T, Stagman, S., & Mathur, D. (2013). Parent engagement from preschool through grade 3: A guide for policymakers. National Center for Children in Poverty. Retrieved from

Smith, T. E., Myers, Z. R., Moen, A. L., Kim, E. M., & Sheridan, S. M. (2013). A quantitative synthesis of family engagement interventions: A preliminary examination in rural context. National Center for Research on Rural Education. Retrieved from

Vaala, S.E. (2013). Aprendiendo Juntos (Learning Together): Synthesis of a cross-sectorial convening on Hispanic-Latino families and digital technologies. Retrieved from

Van Voorhis, F.L., Maier, M.F., Epstein, J. L., Lloyd, C. M., & Leung, T. (2013). The impact of family involvement on the education of children ages 3 to 8: A focus on literacy and math achievement outcomes and social-emotional skills.  MDRC. Retrieved from

Westrich, L., & Strobel, K. (2013). A study of family engagement in Redwood City community schools. John W. Gardner Center for Youth & Their Communities.  Stanford Graduate School of Education. Retrieved from


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.

Blamires, M., Blamires, J., & Robertson, C. (2013). Parent-teacher partnership: Practical approaches to meet special educational needs. New York, NY: Routledge.

Kreider, H., Caspe, M., & Hiatt-Michael, D. (Eds.). (2013). Promising Practices for Engaging Families in Literacy. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.

LeBlanc-Esparza, R., & LeBlanc-Esparza, K. (2013). Strengthening the connection between school & home. Essentials for Principals. (2nd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.

Weiss, H. B., Lopez, M. E., Kreider, H., & Chatman-Nelson, C. (Eds.) (2013). Preparing educators to engage families: Case studies using an ecological systems framework. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

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