School Websites Benefiting Home-School Communication: An Exploratory Study
The purpose of this exploratory study is to establish a set of design guidelines, based on a review of literature, for developing elementary school websites that are more effective in delivering useful information to parents and facilitating two-way, home-school communication as a means of enhancing parental involvement, and then to apply those guidelines to a select sample of schools that enroll children in kindergarten through fifth grade to see how they compare. Thus, I started the study with two questions. First, what structure, content, and tools make a school website more effective in delivering useful information to parents and facilitating two-way home-school communication? Second, how does a select sample of school websites compare? These were the major concerns of the study. Overall, the schools in this study sample need to improve their methods for delivering useful content and interactive communication tools to better facilitate home-school communication.
Advisor:Dr. Deborah Barreau
School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:websites evaluation computer mediated communication uses in education home school relationship parent involvement family
Date of Publication:11/14/2006