ERIC Number: ED208196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct-29
Reference Count: 0
The Family As Role Model for Educating Its Members: Childhood through Adulthood.
The key element for survival in today's technological society is the family and the role it plays in the education of its members. Educational attainments are closely linked to family background; not only for children, but for adults as well. Children tend to gain levels of education similar to, if not higher than those of family heads, and educational levels appear to be transferable from parent to child. The higher the educational level of parents, the higher are the achievements of their children. In addition, it has been found that the mother's influence is particularly important in educational level attained by children, and that persons with higher education are more likely than others to have time to help children with homework. A mail survey of a random sample of 900 adults 25 years of age and older enrolled as full-time undergraduates at four midwestern universities (68 percent return) was conducted to elicit data on family influence on the decision of adult students to enroll in full-time higher education. The adults who responded to this study were very emphatic about the support that family members provided them in the way of encouragement, moral support, and acceptance by the academic community. Fifty-two percent of women students reported receiving support in the sharing of household duties from husbands and children. Students also reported gaining self-confidence, ability to deal more adequately with family problems, new insights, new careers, and, for women, better rapport with husbands and children as a result of participation in higher education. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the National Adult Education Conference (Anaheim, CA, October 29, 1981).