There are strong links between parent-school-community engagement and children's learning academically, socially and emotionally. While educationally disadvantaged schools tend to have lower parent-school-community engagement levels, Queensland shows high levels of parent-school community engagement for some of these schools. This research seeks to investigate how principal leadership facilitates engagement in four Queensland primary schools. Using quantitative and qualitative methods, the research will explore the principal leadership practices that enable these schools to engage parent/community members. These case studies will: a) provide examples of good practice; b) support future research; and c) aid in the development of a measure of parent-school community engagement.

Project members

Dr Linda Willis

Honorary Senior Fellow
School of Education

Professor Annemaree Carroll

Professor, Affiliate Associate Professor
Research Fellow in Social Methods
Institute for Social Science Research
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Psychology
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences