Indonesia Research Update #9: What do Education Policy Makers Believe and Act Regarding Parental Engagement? by Wahyuddin, S.Pd., M.Ed.


It is undeniable that family-school collaboration results in a positive impact on students’ attitudes, achievement, emotions and health.

However, many schools do not take this advantage as there is no policy or program specified to engage parents in their children’s education. This situation can happen because of different characters showed by policy makers.

The absence of parental programs can be caused that policy makers have no positive beliefs regarding parental engagement in education.

In another condition, education policy makers may have an appropriate perspective by seeing parents as partners to reach educational goals, but they do not implement it in a real policy.

The illustration above encouraged Wahyuddin to find out whether the education policy makers at the district level possess positive beliefs and behaviours regarding parental involvement in education. Therefore, it could be known if policy makers’ beliefs are consistent with their efforts on the issue.

This study was conducted in a district in Eastern of Indonesia, funded by Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education and supervised by Dr Robert Matthews.

It employed a qualitative research using a phenomenological approach. Five education policy makers mentioned above were participating in the study through a semi-structured interview.

The research concluded that the education decision makers in the district from the regent to the principal were aware of and had an appropriate perception about the importance of parental involvement for pupils, families, schools and local governments.

However, such positive beliefs are not coherent with their actions in which they did not make policies or programs intended to involve parents.


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Wahyuddin received Master of Education at School of Education, the University of Adelaide in 2017 and obtained his Bachelor of Education at Universitas Negeri Makassar in 2011.

He was the chairman of Student Research Institute PENALARAN and the General Secretary of Association of Indonesia Student Research Organisations (ILP2MI) from 2010 to 2011.

His research interests include teacher quality and learning, educational policy and higher education.


Indonesia Research Update is an initiative by GoLive Indonesia that aims to promote and disseminate knowledge and information obtained through research completed by Indonesian students outside of Indonesia.

We sincerely thank Wahyuddin and wish the best for his future endeavours in career and life.


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