MA in International Education
Parents of today can pose significant challenges to study abroad administrators. Often referred to as “helicopter parents”, these parents can become over-involved in a student’s study abroad experience, hindering the student’s development of problem-solving skills and independence. The purpose of this paper is to detail the design and development of a parent engagement strategy within a small study abroad provider office, built to run in conjunction with a direct-enroll semester abroad program. The semester abroad program provides the structure upon which the parent engagement strategy is overlaid and described. The parent engagement strategy utilizes a four-pronged strategic framework for parent interaction, described as Four E’s of Engagement: Easing minds, Educating, Establishing/Enforcing, and Evaluating. This strategic framework is used to design a parent engagement strategy tailored to this small study abroad provider context. It is further posited that the Four E’s of Engagement would prove a useful tool for developing situation-specific parent engagement strategies in similar contexts.
International and Comparative Education
Ring, Ethan, "Four E’s of Engagement: Developing a Parent Engagement Strategy Within a Small-Scale Study Abroad Provider Organization" (2009). Capstone Collection. 1223.