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ERIC Number: ED349320
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
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)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Child Rearing, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Characteristics, Family Role, Home Study, Homework, Parent Influence, Parent Participation, Parent Student Relationship, Parenting Skills, Parents as Teachers
Policy Information Center, 04-R, Educational Testing Service, Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ 08541.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. Policy Information Center.