Date of Award

12-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Ali . Al Kaabi

Second Advisor

Pro . Mohammad A. Abdel Dayem

Third Advisor

Dr. Mohamed A. A lhosani

Abstract

The Current study at analyzing parental involvement barriers in kindergarten (KG) activities from the perception of school administration and teachers in Al-Ain Kindergartens. It identified, examined and analyzed the school administration and teacher perception on barriers that hinder parental involvement in kindergarten activities. A special focus had been paid to obstacles that prevent parents participating in kindergarten Activities based on four categories that included factors related to regulations, administration, teachers and parents. This study used a survey questionnaire to gain its data targeting a sample population 0f 329 respondents that includes all the teachers and administrators of Al-Ain KG Schools. Responses were analyzed using five point Likert scale that ranged from strongly agree (5) to strongly disagree (1) results were analyzed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS).

Major of the research finding related to barriers indicated four barriers the first barrier related to regulations category which includes missing of social worker, interpreters for English Medium teachers (EMT;s) and the lack of coordination between meetings in different stages of schools. The second barrier related to administration, which includes lack of providing training and assistance programs for parents and lack of communication in terms of informing parents about the parents –teachers meetings or events. The third barrier related to teacher is the feedback as there is teachers have provided no clear feedback to parents concerning their children’s performance and cultural gap. The fourth barrier related to the parent themselves which includes, lack of transportation, shortage of knowledge, time constrain related to working parents, personal responsibilities, language barriers deficit communication divorced parents.

As results, it is recommended that using modern technology to communicate with parents providing them with continuous feedback to meet their satisfaction levels. Engaging them in the KG activities and responsibilities, providing transportation and allocating a day for fathers to participate in school and teach children about heritage, culture, traditional terms, habit, and behavior could help in overcoming barrier to parental involvement

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