How Much Does Parental Involvement Affect Student Learning?
Studies aside, ask any teacher who has spent time in the “trenches” and they’ll attest: it’s easy to identify the students with parents who are actively involved in the educational welfare of their kids.
It shows. When parents “show up” (in terms of being there for their sons and daughters), students have a sense of accountability.
It shows in their achievement. It is reflected in their self-motivation and sense of pride. These students are less inclined to have behavioral issues, or have attendance records with a lot of “cut” classes where students missed, and consequently fall through the gaps.
Actively involved parents check homework assignments, ask questions, attend meetings, and help to reinforce key concepts and competencies presented via classroom instruction.
Though involvement is difficult to “quantify” it is indeed measurable.
According to an article appearing at Center for Public Education, parental involvement expert, Joyce Epstein contends that there are six basic areas of which parental involvement can be broken down.
- Learning at home
- Decision Making
- Community collaboration
Parents are typically stronger in some areas than others, due to time and availability factors. Parental involvement may also differ in terms of activities and efforts, depending upon the age and developmental needs of the child.
For today’s student, parental involvement can make all the difference; as there is great truth to the African Proverb, “It takes an entire village to raise a child.”
Do you think that parental involvement impacts the learning process?
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