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ERIC Number: ED349320
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 49
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
America's Smallest School: The Family. Policy Information Report.
Barton, Paul E.; Coley, Richard J.
The basic socializing and nurturing institution in the United States is the family, which can be considered America's smallest school. This report assembles a variety of measures that are available to indicate what happens outside the school and within the home that is related to educational achievement. Information comes from large-scale surveys and measurement programs. The report's main focus is on the following topics: (1) the parent-pupil ratio; (2) the home library; (3) reading at home; (4) watching television; (5) homework; (6) absence from school; (7) parent involvement; and (8) family resources. Each of these topics has a section to itself and each section includes statistical graphs and charts. A concluding summary reviews all sections. As the nation strives to reach goals for education by the year 2000, the family seems to be playing a smaller role in educational improvement. However, parents can make a great difference, and education in the home can become the platform on which the school can build higher achievement. A total of 31 figures and 2 tables are contained in the text, and 4 additional tables about educational trends are appended. (SLD)
Policy Information Center, 04-R, Educational Testing Service, Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ 08541.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. Policy Information Center.
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