Do parents know they matter? Engaging all parents in learning
Updated: Mar 30, 2019
Parental engagement in children's learning in the home makes the greatest difference to student achievement.
The impact of parental involvement on student academic achievement has been recognized by teachers, administrators, and policy-makers who consider parental involvement to be one of the integral parts of new educational reforms and initiatives.
“ It is clear that powerful social and economic factors still prevent many parents from fully participating in schooling.”
The research results of the study by S. Wilder (2014) indicated that the relationship between parental involvement and academic achievement was positive, regardless of a definition of parental involvement or measure of achievement. Furthermore, the findings revealed that this relationship was strongest if parental involvement was defined as parental expectations for academic achievement of their children. However, the impact of parental involvement on student academic achievement was weakest if parental involvement was defined as homework assistance. Finally, the relationship between parental involvement and academic achievement was found to be consistent across different grade levels and ethnic groups. However, the strength of that relationship varied based on the type of assessment used to measure student achievement.