ERIC Number: ED417871
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Students Do Better When Their Fathers Are Involved at School. Issue Brief.
Nord, Christine Winquist
Policymakers and educators agree that family involvement in children's education is closely linked to children's school success. An important question, however, is "does fathers' involvement matter, as well?" This issue brief looks at the link between fathers' involvement in their children's schools and kindergartners' through 12th graders' school performance, using data from the National Household Education Survey (NHES) for 1996. Findings indicated that in two-parent households, children are more likely to do well academically, to participate in extracurricular activities, and to enjoy school and are less likely to have ever repeated a grade or to have been suspended or expelled if their fathers have high as opposed to low involvement in their schools. This was also true in father-only households, allowing that children living in single-parent households are, on average, less successful in school and experience more behavior problems than children living in two-parent households. The issue brief concludes by noting that fathers can be a positive force in their children's education, and that in two-parent households, fathers' involvement has a distinct and independent influence on children's achievement over and above that of mothers' involvement. (HTH)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Household Education Survey