ERIC Number: ED435902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Population and Environmental Factors Promoting School Success.
Falbo, Toni; Lein, Laura
This symposium explores the impact of a range of family resources on children's successful transition from middle to high school. The five case studies that form this symposium examine the ways in which children's experiences at school are directly related to their parents' knowledge of school structure and bureaucracy; self- confidence in making demands of the school; educational background and ability to assist in homework and other school projects; and the time, energy, and money resources to provide resources ranging from school supplies to tutoring to extra-curricular activities. Furthermore, they document the relationship between student school success, on the one hand, and on the other hand, the ability of parents to wield their resources in supervising and monitoring their children, providing emotional, intellectual and financial support to them, and interceding on their behalf when necessary. The theoretical model underlying the research in the symposium is included. The model reflects earlier work and indicates that parental action is strongly determinative of school success and that family resources constrain the actions that families can take. The symposium case studies illustrate how the model works to create school success or failure. (Contains 16 references and 5 case studies.) (GCP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (107th, Boston, MA, August 20-24, 1999).