ERIC Number: ED495467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Family Involvement in Elementary School Children's Education. Family Involvement Makes a Difference. Number 2, Winter 2006/2007
Caspe, Margaret; Lopez, M. Elena; Wolos, Cassandra
Harvard Family Research Project
This research brief reviews research on why and how family involvement matters for elementary school children's learning and socio-emotional development. Specifically, it summarizes the latest evidence base on effective involvement for elementary school children--that is, the studies that link family involvement in elementary schools to children's outcomes. It also profiles programs that have been evaluated to show what works to promote family involvement in the elementary school years. The brief concludes with implications for policy, practice, and research. This review underscores the importance of considering these three family involvement processes as policymakers, practitioners, and researchers endeavor to create systematic, developmental, and comprehensive programs for family involvement. With family involvement processes in place during the elementary school years, children will be poised for smooth transitions to middle and high school and for success in these even more complex educational settings. A list of family involvement resources; and a list of complementary learning resources from the Harvard Family Research Project are also included. Method is appended. (Contains 1 figure and 61 notes.)
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Family Involvement, Family School Relationship, Parent Child Relationship, Family Influence, Guidance Programs, Meta Analysis, Parenting Styles, Family Programs, Outcomes of Education, Profiles, Educational Research
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Family Research Project, Cambridge, MA.