ERIC Number: ED374369
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-7
Family-School Bonding and Student Success.
Pryor, Carolyn B.
A study of 310 ninth grade students and their parents in five communities was conducted to look at the relationships between parent-school bonding, student-school bonding, academic achievement, and other variables. Questionnaires were developed for both parents and students asking questions about attachment, commitment, beliefs about school, participation in school events, and communication from the school. Focus groups and telephone interviews provided additional information about family-school relationships. Results indicated: (1) the greater the parents' bonding to school, the greater the student's bonding; (2) student bonding was closely related to academic achievement; and (3) there is no direct relationship between parent-school bonding and students' report of their academic achievement. Overall, the study supported the hypothesis that the greater the parents' bonds of social attachment to their child's school, the greater the student's bonds of attachment. Several limitations were noted. One limitation is the problem of how to measure student success. Another limitation was that different schools were compared (inner city and semi-rural schools, for instance). A third limitation is how parent's socioeconomic status affects their relationship to the school. (KM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (75th, New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).