ERIC Number: ED423328
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Parental Involvement in Students' Education during Middle School and High School. Report No. 18.
Catsambis, Sophia; Garland, Janet E.
This project analyzes data from the parent component of the National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988 to investigate changes in family educational involvement between students' 8th and 12th grades. Findings show that the patterns of parental involvement in adolescents' education change between the two grades. During high school, parents become less involved with monitoring students' individual behaviors and more concerned with their learning opportunities at school. By students' eighth grade, nearly all parents had postsecondary expectations, but few had taken specific actions to secure funds for college. During adolescents' senior year in high school, most parents report frequent discussions with them concerning postsecondary schools. At that time, parents also report that they have some knowledge about financial aid. A high proportion of 12th graders' parents expect to finance their child's further education through scholarships and grants, but fewer had applied for such programs before students' high school graduation. Consistent between-grade differences exist in the ways in which parents from different racial and ethnic backgrounds get involved with their adolescents' education and in their approach towards financing postsecondary education. Overall, findings indicate that many parents welcome opportunities for communication with schools and desire greater participation in the school decision-making process. They would also greatly benefit from guidance in their efforts to secure funds for postsecondary education. Four appendixes present a parent involvement factor analysis and parental variables from first, second, and college factor analyses. (Contains 20 tables and 9 references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, College Bound Students, Educational Attainment, High School Students, High Schools, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Parent Attitudes, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Racial Differences, Student Financial Aid
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on the Education of At-Risk Students (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.; City Univ. of New York, NY. Graduate School and Univ. Center.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed At Risk, Baltimore, MD.