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ERIC Number: EJ1066219
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-308X
Who Really Cares? Urban Youths' Perceptions of Parental and Programmatic Support
Vega, DesireƩ; Moore, James L., III; Miranda, Antoinette Halsell
School Community Journal, v25 n1 p53-72 2015
This qualitative study explored the perceptions of parental and programmatic support among 20 urban youth. Existing literature indicates that educators often place blame on parents for their perceived lack of involvement in their children's schooling. However, the participants identified their family members (e.g., parents, siblings) as providing them with the greatest amount of support throughout their schooling experience. Additionally, more than half of the sample participated in the Upward Bound program and attributed their educational success to the support they received as program participants. These participants defined support in various ways including emotional encouragement, academic assistance, and college preparation help. Schools should examine parental involvement from a broader perspective to encompass the role parents of students from low socioeconomic backgrounds play in their children's education and tap into these support systems to meet their students' educational needs. Finally, the role of college preparatory program staff should continue to be assessed as a support system for urban youth.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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