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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, K. J., & Minke, K. M. (2007). Parent involvement in education: Toward an understanding of parents' decision making. The Journal of Educational Research, 100(5), 311–323. doi:10.3200/JOER.100.5.311-323

Auerbach, S. (2007). Visioning parent engagement in urban schools. Journal of School Leadership, 17(6), 699–734.

Becker, J. D. (2007). Mind the gaps: Exploring the use of technology to facilitate parental involvement, particularly for historically underserved populations. Journal of School Public Relations, 28(1), 57–82.

Bingham, A., & Abernathy, T. V. (2007). Promoting family-centered teaching: Can one course make a difference? Issues in Teacher Education, 16(1), 37–60.

Bryan, J., & Holcomb-McCoy, C. (2007). An examination of school counselor involvement in school–family–community partnerships. Professional School Counseling, 10(5), 441–454.

Constantino, S. M. (2007). Keeping parents involved through high school. Education Digest, 73(1), 57–61.

Eberly, J. L., Joshi, A., & Konzal, J. (2007). Communicating with families across cultures: An investigation of teacher perceptions and practices. The School Community Journal, 17(2), 7–26.

Elias, M. J., Patrikakou, E. N., & Weissberg, R. P. (2007). A competence-based framework for parent–school–community partnerships in secondary schools. School Psychology International, 28(5), 540–554. doi:10.1177/0143034307085657

Epstein, J. L. (2007). Connections count: Improving family and community involvement in secondary schools. Principal Leadership, 8(2), 16–22.

Flanigan, C. B. (2007). Preparing preservice teachers to partner with parents and communities: An analysis of college of education faculty focus groups. The School Community Journal, 17(2), 89–110.

Flynn, G. V. (2007). Increasing parental involvement in our schools: The need to overcome obstacles, promote critical behaviors, and provide teacher training. Journal of College Teaching & Learning, 4(2), 23–30.

Friedman, S. (2007). Coming together for children: Six community partnerships make a big difference. Young Children, 62(2), 34–41.

Green, C. L., Walker, J. M. T., Hoover-Dempsey, K., & Sandler, H. M. (2007). Parents' motivations for involvement in children's education: An empirical test of a theoretical model of parental involvement. Journal of Educational Psychology, 99(3), 532–544. doi:10.1037/0022-0663.99.3.532

Green, C. L., & Hoover-Dempsey, K. (2007). Why do parents homeschool? A systematic examination of parental involvement. Education and Urban Society, 39(2), 264–285. doi:10.1177/0013124506294862

Guskey, T. R., Ellender, C. S., & Kang, S. (2007). Evaluating a community-wide parent and family involvement program. Journal of School Public Relations, 28(1), 6–31.

Ingram, M., Wolfe, R. B., & Lieberman, J. M. (2007). The role of parents in high-achieving schools serving low-income, at-risk populations. Education and Urban Society, 39(4), 479–497. doi:10.1177/0013124507302120

Jensen, D. A. (2007). Using classroom newsletters as a vehicle for examining home–school connections. Teaching Education, 18(2), 167–178. doi:10.1080/10476210701325283

Jeynes, W. H. (2007). The relationship between parental involvement and urban secondary school student academic achievement. Urban Education, 42(1), 82–110. doi:10.1177/0042085906293818

Kainz, K., & Aikens, N. L. (2007). Governing the family through education: A genealogy on the home/school relation. Equity & Excellence in Education, 40(4), 301–310. doi:10.1080/10665680701610721

Knoche, L., Givens, J. E., & Sheridan, S. M. (2007). Risk and protective factors for children of adolescents: Maternal depression and parental sense of competence. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 16(5), 684–695.

Loder-Jackson, T., McKnight, A. N., Brooks, M., McGrew, K., & Voltz, D. (2007). Unmasking subtle and concealed aspects of parent involvement: Perspectives from African-American parents in the urban south. Journal of School Public Relations, 28(4), 350–378.

Mahoney, J. L., Parente, M. E., & Lord, H. (2007). After-school program engagement: Links to child competence and program quality and content. The Elementary School Journal, 107(4), 385–404.

McIntyre, L. L., Eckert, T. L., Fiese, B. H., DiGennaro, F. D., & Wildenger, L. K. (2007). Transition to kindergarten: Family experiences and involvement. Early Childhood Education Journal, 35(1), 83–88.

Mitchell, N. A., & Bryan, J. A. (2007). School–family–community partnerships: Strategies for school counselors working with Caribbean immigrant families. Professional School Counseling, 10(4), 399–409.

Nesoff, J. (2007). The Belmont zone of choice: Community-driven action for school change. Horace, 23(4). Retrieved from

Pohan, C. A., & Adams, C. (2007). Increasing family involvement and cultural understanding through a university–school partnership. Action in Teacher Education, 29(1), 42–50.

Reed, W. A. (2007). Inside connections: Local teachers' perspectives on parental engagement in an urban elementary school. Teacher Education and Practice, 20(3), 297–309.

Richman, L. J., & Venn, M. L. (2007). Book and Material Reviews [Collaborating with families: A case study approach, by S. Overton]. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 17(1), 95–100. doi: 10.1080/10474410709336592

Seitz, H. (2007). Family gatherings: An innovative way to build meaningful partnerships with families. Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders Magazine, 176, 28–31.

Sheldon, S. B. (2007). Improving student attendance with school, family, and community partnerships. The Journal of Educational Research, 100(5), 267–275. doi:10.3200/JOER.100.5.267-275

Simons, K. A., & Curtis, P. A. (2007). Connecting with communities: Four successful schools. Young Children, 62(2), 12–20.

Sobel, A., & Kugler, E. G. (2007). Building partnerships with immigrant parents. Educational Leadership, 64(6), 62–66.

Thompson, J. R., Meadan, H., Fansler, K. W., Alber, S. B., & Balogh, P. A. (2007). Family assessment portfolios: A new way to jumpstart family/school collaboration. TEACHING Exceptional Children, 39(6), 19–25.

Van Velsor, P., & Orozco, G. L. (2007). Involving low-income parents in the schools: Communitycentric strategies for school counselors. Professional School Counseling, 11(1), 17–24.

Weaver, S. M. (2007). Cultivating connections with parents. Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 81(1), 5–7. doi:10.3200/TCHS.81.1.55-7

Williams, E. R., & Baber, C. R. (2007). Building trust through culturally reciprocal home–school–community collaboration from the perspective of African-American parents. Multicultural Perspectives, 9(2), 3–9. doi:10.1080/15210960701386228

International Family Engagement

Argent, K. (2007). Every child matters: Change for parents/carers and families? Can schools work with families to promote knowledge and understanding of government expectations? Education, 3-13, 35(3), 295–303. doi:10.1080/03004270701467317

Coco, A., Goos, M., & Kostogriz, A. (2007). Tutor and teacher timescapes: Lessons from a home–school partnership. The Australian Educational Researcher, 34(1), 73–87.

Crozier, G., & Davies, J. (2007). Hard to reach parents or hard to reach schools? A discussion of home–school relations, with particular reference to Bangladeshi and Pakistani parents. British Educational Research Journal, 33(3), 295–313. doi:10.1080/01411920701243578

Denessen, E., Bakker, J., & Gierveld, M. (2007). Multi-ethnic schools' parental involvement policies and practices. The School Community Journal, 17(2), 27–44.

Forsberg, L. (2007). Involving parents through school letters: Mothers, fathers and teachers negotiating children's education and rearing. Ethnography and Education, 2(3), 273–288. doi:10.1080/17457820701547252

Heydon, L., & Reilly, J. (2007). Professional development for family learning programmes: A rationale and outline curriculum. Literacy, 41(3), 155–160. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9345.2007.00471.x

Hung, C. (2007). Family, schools and Taiwanese children's outcomes. Educational Research, 49(2), 115–125. doi:10.1080/0013188070136964

Katyal, K. R., & Evers, C. W. (2007). Parents—partners or clients? A reconceptualization of home–school interactions. Teaching Education, 18(1), 61–76. doi:10.1080/10476210601151573

Mestry, R., & Grobler, B. (2007). Collaboration and communication as effective strategies for parent involvement in public schools. Educational Research and Reviews, 2(7), 176–185.

Pushor, D. (2007). Welcoming parents: Educators as guest hosts on school landscapes. Education Canada, 47(4), 6–8.

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.]

Botticelli Steadman, K. (2007). The impact of family–school partnerships on student achievement: A case study of an elementary school in Connecticut (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (Publication No. AAT 0818473)

King, J. T. (2007). A study of the San Antonio Education Partnership (SAEP): Family, school and community (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (Publication No. AAT 3266899)

Perry, B. P. (2007). The school–family–community partnership: A superintendent's perspective (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (Publication No. AAT 3254216)

Swick, D. C. (2007). The effects of parental involvement on children's school readiness skills (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (Publication No. AAT 3272704)

Vidaurre, L. E. C. (2007). Decreasing school failure through parental involvement in literacy intervention for disadvantaged Hispanic kindergarten entrants (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (Publication No. AAT 3272674)

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. (2007). New directions for student support: Current state of the art. Los Angeles: Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA. Retrieved from

Barton, P. E., Coley, R. J., & Educational Testing Service. (2007). The family: America's smallest school. Retrieved from Educational Testing Service website:

Buckley, J. (2007). Choosing schools, building communities? The effect of schools of choice on parental involvement. Retrieved from National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education website:

Caspe, M., Lopez, M. E., & Wolos, C. (2007). Family involvement in elementary school children's education (Family Involvement Makes A Difference No. 2). Retrieved from Harvard Family Research Project website:

Horowitz, A., & Bronte-Tinkew, J. (2007). Building, engaging, and supporting family and parental involvement in out-of-school time programs (Research-to-Results Brief No. 2007-16). Retrieved from Child Trends website:

Jehl, J. (2007). Connecting schools, families & communities: Stories and results from the Annie E. Casey foundation's education investments. Retrieved from Annie E. Casey Foundation website:{F34592C1-0498-440C-A527-3C82F23775E6}

Jekielek, S., Brown, B., Marin, P., & Lippman, L. (2007). Public school practices for violence prevention and reduction: 2003-04. (NCES 2007-010). Retrieved from National Center for Education Statistics website:

Jeter-Twilley, R., Legum, H., & Norton, F. (2007). Parental and community involvement in schools: Does socio-economic status matter? Bowie, MD: Author. Retrieved from

Kreider, H., Caspe, M., Kennedy, S., & Weiss, H. (2007). Family involvement in middle and high school students' education. (Family Involvement Makes A Difference No. 3). Retrieved from Harvard Family Research Project website:

National Human Services Assembly (2007). Youth service-learning: A family-strengthening strategy (Policy Brief No. 21). Retrieved from National Human Services Assembly website:

WestEd & United States Department of Education. (2007). Engaging parents in education: Lessons from five parental information and resource centers. Innovations in education. Retrieved from U.S. Department of Education 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.

Allen, J. (2007). Creating welcoming schools: A practical guide to home–school partnerships with diverse families. New York & Newark, DE: Teachers College Press & International Reading Association.

Banach, W. J. (2007). The ABCs of teacher–parent communication. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education.

Henderson, A. T., Mapp, K. L., Johnson, V. R., & Davies, D. (2007). Beyond the bake sale: The essential guide to family–school partnerships. New York: The New Press.

Hilburn, A. L. (2007). Parental involvement: Does one size fit all? A grandparent study. Dallas, TX: The University of Texas at Dallas.

McDermott, D. R. (2007). Developing caring relationships among parents, children, schools, and communities. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Patrikakou, E. N., & Weissberg, R. P. (2007). School–family partnerships to enhance children's social, emotional and academic learning. In R. Bar-On, J. Maree, & M. Elias (Eds.). Educating people to be emotionally intelligent (pp. 49–61). Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers/Greenwood Publishing Group.

Rothman, R. (2007). City school: How districts and communities can create smart education systems. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Sikes, M. (2007). Building parent involvement through the arts: Activities and projects that enrich classrooms and schools. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Turnbull, A. P., Zuna, N., Turnbull, H. R., Poston, D., & Summers, J. A. (2007). Families as partners in educational decision making: Current implementation and future directions. In S. Odom, R. Horner, M. Snell, & J. Blacher (Eds.). Handbook of developmental disabilities (pp. 570–590). New York: Guilford Press.

Whalley, M. (2007). Involving parents in their children's learning (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.


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