ERIC Number: ED417870
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
How Involved Are Fathers in Their Children's Schools? Issue Brief.
Nord, Christine Winquist
Until recently fathers were the hidden parents in research on children's well-being. Research stimulated by the new interest in fathers suggests that fathers' involvement in their children's schools does make a difference in their children's education. This issue brief looks at the extent to which fathers are involved in their kindergartners' through 12th graders' schools, using data from the 1996 National Household Education Survey (NHES). Findings noted include the following: (1) fathers in two-parent families are less likely than mothers in two-parent families to be highly involved in their children's schools; (2) fathers and mothers who head single-parent families are virtually identical in their level of involvement, and it is quite similar to that of mothers in two-parent families; (3) fathers in two-parent families are more likely to attend school or class events or general school meetings than they are to attend parent-teacher conferences or to volunteer at their children's schools. The issue brief concludes by noting that the observed patterns of fathers' involvement are consistent with existing research and with the notion of a division of labor in two-parent families. The low participation of fathers in two-parent families offers schools an opportunity to increase overall parental involvement by targeting fathers. (HTH)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Fathers, Nuclear Family, One Parent Family, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship
Phone: 800-424-1616; World Wide Web: http://NCES.ed.gov
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.