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ERIC Number: ED552354
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 138
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2679-0546-8
The Effect of Technology and Socioeconomic Status on Parental Involvement at the Elementary School Level
Balsamo, Michael J.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Evidence suggests that parents who extensively use technology and have a high socioeconomic status (SES) may become overly involved with their elementary school-aged children's education and school-related activities, an involvement which can create a lasting dependence of the children on their parents. The literature indicates high dependency on parents that lasts beyond adolescence is associated with lack of decision-making skills and emotional immaturity of the children. Guided by Epstein's 6 types of involvement, Deforges's parental involvement study, and the Hoover-Dempsey model, the purpose of this survey research design study was to examine if parental involvement at a K-6 school environment was affected by family use of technology and family SES. A survey of 75 parents was conducted at a K-6 elementary school to determine if there was a significant relationship between parental involvement in a child's academics, a child's activities outside the school, family use of technology, and family SES. Regression analysis and Chi square analyses identified a significant positive relationship between household income and parents' education; no relationship, however, was found between parental education, parental use of technology, and parental involvement. Despite the mixed results, these findings offer an important first look at both the negative and positive effects of parents' active involvement at the elementary school level. Use of these data would positively impact social change by creating awareness for school administrators, teachers, and staff in understanding factors associated with parental involvement and by encouraging all parents to pursue school participation with a family connection to the child's academic endeavors. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6
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Language: English
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