Family-school partnerships in rural communities: Benefits, exemplars, and future research

Susan M. Sheridan, Gina M. Kunz, Shannon Holmes, Amanda Witte

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Research has established that families significantly influence students’ development, with parental engagement positively predicting academic and social-behavioral adjustment. When families and schools partner in students’ education, positive benefits for the students as well as their families and teachers are realized. Although rural schools are uniquely positioned to foster and benefit from family-school partnerships, limited resources, logistical barriers and lack of familiarity challenge the development of effective partnerships in rural settings. This chapter will examine Teachers and Parents as Partners (TAPP), a structured, indirect intervention that focuses both on promoting students’ social-behavior and academic success and strengthening family-school partnerships. Research on TAPP has documented its positive effects on students’ behavioral, academic and social-emotional functioning across home and school settings; this chapter will outline its efficacy and utility in rural settings. Authors will review results from a four-year randomized controlled trial investigating the effects of TAPP in rural schools and provide suggestions for future research considerations of family-school partnerships in the rural context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRural Education Research in the United States
Subtitle of host publicationState of the Science and Emerging Directions
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783319429403
ISBN (Print)9783319429380
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Parents and teachers as partners
  • Rural education research
  • Rural education research on parent-teacher partnerships
  • Rural education research partnerships
  • Rural home-school partnerships
  • Rural parent-teacher partnerships
  • Teachers and parents as partners

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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