ERIC Number: ED410676
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Effects of Latino Parent Involvement on Academic Achievement.
Jones, Toni Griego; Velez, William
Parental involvement with children relative to education can take many forms and depends on a wide variety of factors. This paper reports on perspectives of Latino parents about how they connect to their children's schools and their interactions with children at home. Specifically, the study explored whether parents had the kinds of relationships that facilitate academic performance. Data were gathered through interviews with 20 sets of Latino parents in a midwestern high school and a survey of 10th-grade students. The interviewers asked parents about what they do at home with their children that might promote academic achievement and about how they perceived their relationships with schools. Findings suggest that Latino families epitomize the family values and parent involvement that usually contribute to very high academic achievement. However, only two students had received "premios" (rewards) for their school work and most were described as "doing well." This suggests that schools are failing to take advantage of the sociocultural capital inherent in the close relationships between Latino children and parents. Parents perceived that their children were not challenged by American high schools. (Contains 18 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).