ERIC Number: ED415450
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
What Is the Influence of Mexican-American Parental Involvement on School Attendance Patterns?
Keith, Patricia B.; Schartzer, Cynthia L.
Mexican American (MA) students remain at-risk for not completing high school. Since previous research has shown that parental involvement can positively influence MA students' academic achievement, the effects that parental involvement during students' eighth grade year has on students' school attendance in tenth grade are examined. Researchers drew on a national sample of MA students (N=1,714) and their parents. A theoretical model was developed to guide this research. The findings indicate that eighth grade MA students whose parents are involved in discussing school activities, whose educational aspirations for their children are high, and who have previously done well in school are not likely to drop out of school by tenth grade. However, male students may stay in school longer than female students, even though females may experience more parental involvement, and may do better in school than males. Significant differences were also found based on students' gender, the parents' English language proficiency, and the parents' birth place. Students of emigrant parents performed better in school and were more likely to still be in school in the tenth grade than students whose parents were born in the United States. (Contains 21 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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