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Why are Parents Important for Their Children’s Education?

Why are Parents Important for Their Children’s Education? | ITTT | TEFL Blog

Parents are the first teachers or educators of their children. They continue to influence their children’s learning and development during the school years and afterward. Parents involve their children’s education in many ways at home, in the community, and the school.

This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Zeki G. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT.

Several studies indicate that most parents want to be more involved in children’s education. A sense of personal responsibility for the child’s educational outcome, a sense of efficacy for helping the child succeed in school, and perception of invitation to involvement is considered as the major factors of involvement decision (Hoover, 2005).

Importance of parent’s involvement in children’s education

Research has shown that parents’ involvement in education helps their children do better in and out of school. Furthermore, when parents are involved in school, children go farther and do way better (Henderson, 1994). Another research found a correlation between parent or family engagement in children’s education and schooling. According to this research; children’s school readiness has increased, retention and graduation rates are higher, cognitive development and academic achievement are higher, motivation is higher and social skills are better when their parents are involved in their education.

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In today’s world, there is a shift to student-centered learning. This also supports the importance of a parent’s involvement in education. Most of the schools acknowledge the fact that students learn more out of school. Students are encouraged to set personalized learning goals and plans. In this case, the role of parents becomes even more important in their children’s education (Weiss, Stark, 2011).

There is always competition among schools. Owners of the schools (private schools) or teachers want to have the best students. That’s why most schools take steps to motivate and support parents to become involved in education. This helps teachers share the burden of education, and positively affects educational success.

On the other hand, there are some differences between parents in their level of involvement. These differences are associated with social class, poverty, health, and also with the parental perception of their role and their levels of confidence (Desforges, 2003).

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The level of involvement and quality of involvement differ from parent to parent. It may be strongly considered that a parent’s involvement should be integrated into government policy and systematically into school policies and practices.

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