Trust and parents’ involvement in schools of choice

Michal Strier, Hagai Katz

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Education researchers and policymakers have been focusing for the last three decades on increasing parental involvement in schools. Their work focused on the positive effects that parental involvement has on varied aspects of school quality and functioning. In this study we examined ‘trust’, a known predictor of parental involvement in schools. Specifically we examined how generalized trust and different types of particularized trust affect parental active and passive participation in schools of choice, through multivariate logistic regression analysis and structural equation modeling (SEM) of data from a survey of 404 parents in 12 Israeli Democratic Schools. Our findings show that different types of trust have diverse direct, indirect and sometimes paradoxical effects on parent participation in schools of choice. Following these findings we suggest that educators and policymakers should consider the positive and negative implications of our findings when planning programs of parental involvement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-379
Number of pages17
JournalEducational Management Administration and Leadership
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 May 2016


  • democratic schools
  • generalized trust
  • parental involvement
  • particularized trust
  • schools of choice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Strategy and Management


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