Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Tamara J. Williams


The purpose of this classic grounded theory study is to define family engagement in a child’s education from the perspective of a mother. This study will bring to the surface what parents believe their role is in their children's education and develop an understanding of the gap between what research says that parents should do at home and what parents believe they should be doing at home. At this stage in the research, family engagement is a recommended focus for schools, and Steven Constantino (2016) goes as far to say that schools should establish a relationship with every family. This research will allow me to add what parents want family engagement to be to the research that has already been collected about what educators believe family engagement and school family partnerships should be for children to be successful. The research will add another perspective to parent engagement research, and I will discover new data and generate new themes. The new data and themes will be useful for practical applications and will present opportunities for future research (Glaser, 1999).


A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate College of the University of Nebraska in Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Education. Copyright 2018 Melissa Frans.

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