Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Committee Chair

Sydney Brown


Numerous studies have been conducted over the years to define the concept of parent involvement. This phenomenological study sought to understand parent perceptions from bicultural families of varied race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status through the personal experiences and lived stories of each participant using Irving Seidman’s qualitative method of an “in-depth interview process.” This phenomenological study looked to discover the following question: What are the meanings, structures, and essences of the lived experience of parent involvement by bicultural families in a rural North Carolina school? Grounded in Bourdieu’s (1986) Cultural Capital Theory and Olivos’s (2010) Theory: Paradigm of Tension, Contradiction and Resistance with Parent Involvement, the researcher centered on the narrative story that each participant provided and found thematic connections and relationships between each individual participant as well as differences in experiences and convictions regarding parent involvement.

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