Parent-teacher relationships at a secondary school : parent and teacher perceptions of their own and each other's role in the functioning of the school : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Education, Department of Education, Massey University
This study compare the perceptions of parents and teachers on parent-teacher relationships at a secondary school. A random sample of 320 parents were drawn on the basis of their ethnic classification. All the teachers at the school participated in the study. The findings were analysed by comparing: (1) The total parent responses with the teacher responses. (2) Within the parent group according to ethnicity and (3) within the parent group according to socio-economic status. The results indicate that there was a general agreement between and within the groups but also some important differences concerning how they perceive their own and each others' role within the school. One of the most significant findings was that the teachers' willingness to participate in the specified school activities was lower than their actual involvement. The opposite result was obtained for the parents. The reason for this could be traced to the parents' and teachers' attitudes. A survey and analysis of their attitudes are also included. It was generally concluded that although the school structures are efficient there needs to be an evaluation of their effectiveness in realising the objectives they were designed to achieve.