A generally accepted fundamental principle in education is that the natural responsibility for educating children belongs to the parents, for which reason they are the first and principal educators although they usually need help to carry out this duty. That is why the school normally complements them in this educational mission in todays society although this does not substitute the parents responsibility. In this paper parent participation in schooling in the first years is examined from a conceptual point of view. The different dimensions or degrees in which parent participation can take place are analysed as are the dimensions or degrees of concretion and grouping, the different roles which parents may assume in relation to the school and the motives which urge them to participate actively.
Key Words: Parental involvement, partnership, parental participation, parent-school relationship.
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