Basics of Parent and Family Involvement
The most basic statement that can be made about parent and family
involvement in education is that when it happens, everyone benefits.
Research has conclusively shown us that parent involvement in
education benefits students, parents, teachers and schools, whether
the program is at the preschool, elementary or high school level.
The benefits of parent involvement for students are:
- More positive attitudes toward school;
- Higher achievement in reading;
- Higher quality and more grade appropriate homework;
- Completion of more homework on weekends; and
- Observing more similarities between family and school. (Epstein, 1991)
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Parents raise your children in the way they should go,and when they are older they will not depart from these ways.
Counselors* work with parents to resolve issues that may result in uncommon behavior in a classroom setting.
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Benefits of Parent Involvement for Parent and Community
Benefits of Parent Involvement for Teachers and Schools
The benefits of parent involvement for teachers and schools are:
- Parents rate teachers higher;
- Teachers rate parents as more helpful;
- Student achievement improves; and
- Parents support schools and bond issues (Davies, 1988; Epstein, 1992; Liontos, 1992)
The benefits of parent involvement for parents and community are:
- Receive ideas from school on how to help children;
- Learn more about educational programs and how the school works;
- Become more supportive of children;
- Become more confident about ways to help children learn; and
- More positive views of teachers (Epstein, 1992; Henderson, 1987; Liontos, 1992).
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