Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Innerd, W.


Education, Language and Literature.




This thesis explores the relationships between selected home experiences of Grade four students (N = 173), the interactions between their parents and their teachers as reported by parents on a questionnaire, and student functioning levels in Language Arts at school. Parents of above average students reported more writing experiences occurring in their homes compared to that which was reported from the parents of below average students' homes. Additionally, eleven individual items on the questionnaire also revealed correlations between the items, which were concerned with functional, pleasurable, and what appeared to be self-initiated reading and writing activities in the home, and student functioning group. Parents of female students reported more of the writing activities than did parents of male students, and parents from the inner city (working class) schools reported less of the speaking activities, and less parent/teacher interaction than did parents from the suburban (middle class) schools. Overall in the working class schools, parents of below average students reported more parent/teacher interaction than the parents of above average students in Language Arts. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1991 .S335. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 30-04, page: 0983. Chairperson: W. Innerd. Thesis (M.Ed.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1991.