ERIC Number: EJ1158837
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Advantaged/Disadvantaged School Neighborhoods, Parental Networks, and Parental Involvement at Elementary School
Li, Angran; Fischer, Mary J.
Sociology of Education, v90 n4 p355-377 Oct 2017
This article examines the relationship between parental networks and parental school involvement during the elementary school years. Using a large, nationally representative data set of elementary school students--the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Cohort--and contextual data from the 2000 U.S. Census, our multilevel analysis shows that higher levels of parental networks in first grade are associated with higher levels of parental school involvement in third grade after controlling for individual- and school-level characteristics. Parental networks are positively related to school involvement activities in formal organizations that consist of parents, teachers, and school staff, including participating in parent-teacher organizations and volunteering at school. Furthermore, the positive effects of parental networks on parental school involvement is stronger for families whose children attend schools in disadvantaged neighborhoods. This suggests that well-connected parental networks can serve as a buffer against school neighborhood disadvantages in encouraging parents to be actively involved in schools.
Descriptors: Correlation, Social Networks, Network Analysis, Elementary School Students, Children, Longitudinal Studies, Surveys, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Grade 1, Grade 3, Organizations (Groups), Disadvantaged, Advantaged, Neighborhoods, Census Figures, Barriers, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey
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