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Cartmell, Brandy Mallory – Strategic Enrollment Management Quarterly, 2015
University campuses continue to see an increase in the number of helicopter parents, those parents who are hovering about the campus, ready to swoop down and rescue their children at the first sign of distress (Cartmell and McCullough 2014). Retention personnel on campus questioned whether it would be possible to develop initiatives that would…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, College Freshmen
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McAllum, Kirstie – Communication Education, 2016
Millennial students often exhibit symptoms of imposter syndrome or a deep-seated insecurity that one is not sufficiently capable of carrying out the task at hand, often masking their anxiety of being exposed as intellectual frauds through what Pedler (2011) calls "over-compensating" or "fronting it out" (p. 90). Millennial…
Descriptors: Teaching Models, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies, Generational Differences
Lum, Lydia – Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, 2006
Once upon a time, parents would help their children move into dorm rooms and apartments, then wave good-bye for the semester. Not anymore. Baby boomers have arguably been more involved in their children's educations--and their lives in general--than any preceding generation of parents, university observers say. And boomers see no reason why that…
Descriptors: Parents, Colleges, Baby Boomers, Academic Advising
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Vianden, Jorg; Ruder, Jeff T. – Journal of College and University Student Housing, 2012
This article documents the results of an exploratory qualitative study of parents of first-year college students at a doctoral-extensive institution in the Midwest. The qualitative survey instrument asked parents to respond to questions about transition and involvement issues during the first college year of their students. Findings suggest that…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Surveys, Parent Attitudes, Transitional Programs
Lipka, Sara – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
Helicopter parents, notorious for hovering over their college-age children, may actually help students thrive, according to this year's National Survey of Student Engagement. Students whose parents intervene on their behalf--38 percent of freshmen and 29 percent of seniors--are more active in and satisfied with college, says the monstrous annual…
Descriptors: Educational Experience, College Students, Parent Participation, Surveys
Dostal Dauer, Kevin Lorenz – ProQuest LLC, 2017
Parental involvement in higher education has received much attention since the 1990s, though mostly through mainstream media sources. The term "helicopter parents" is now used to describe over-involved parents who "hover" over their children, intent on ensuring that their children's needs are addressed. The perception within…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Study Abroad, Parenting Styles, Undergraduate Students
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Cutright, Marc – New Directions for Higher Education, 2008
In this chapter, the author addresses one important issue of contemporary campus life: parental involvement in the lives of today's college students. There seems to be broad consensus that the institution-parent relationship is changing, and at its most extreme manifestations presents the helicopter parent phenomenon. However, it is important not…
Descriptors: Parent School Relationship, College Students, Parent Student Relationship, Higher Education
Gross, Karen – New England Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Many faculty and staff working in higher education lament the increasing involvement of the parents of their college-aged students. They denigrate such individuals as "helicopter" parents, and when the contact occurs in person as opposed to through the phone or email, they call them "lawn mower" parents. The whole issue of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Parent School Relationship, Parent Participation, Figurative Language
Howe, Neil – Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, 2010
Slowly but surely, Generation Xers have been taking over from Baby Boomers as the majority of parents in elementary and secondary education. Gen-X parents and Boomer parents belong to two neighboring generations, each possessing its own location in history and its own peer personality. They are similar in some respects, but clearly different in…
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Baby Boomers, Grandparents, Elementary Secondary Education
Moriarty, Elizabeth A. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
Anecdotally, college administrators report that parents are increasingly more involved in every aspect of their students' college experience. Several factors are believed to contribute to this perceived increase in parental involvement. Advances in technology make it easier for parents and students to stay in contact (Henning, 2007). The…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Personal Autonomy, Parent Student Relationship, Parenting Styles
Hunsaker, Scott L. – Forum on Public Policy Online, 2013
In American society, parents who have high aspirations for the achievements of their children are often viewed by others in a negative light. Various pejoratives such as "pushy parent," "helicopter parent," "stage mother," and "soccer mom" are used in the common vernacular to describe these parents. Multiple…
Descriptors: Expectation, High Achievement, Parent Attitudes, Mothers
Touchette, Timothy M. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
This doctoral thesis contributes to the literature on helicopter parents, and their relation to student development theory. A secondary examination of approximately 1800 randomized results from the 2007 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) was tested using the following statistical tests: Mann-Whitney Test, Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test,…
Descriptors: College Students, Parent Influence, Parent Participation, Intervention
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Coburn, Karen Levin – About Campus, 2006
The relationship between college students and their parents is far closer than it was when most of today's educators were in school. Tapping into the upside and managing the potential drawbacks of highly involved parents is taking on great importance on an increasing number of campuses. Whether people call them "helicopter parents" or…
Descriptors: Parents, Baby Boomers, Parent Participation, High Achievement
Lipka, Sara – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2005
The US state lawmakers are concerned with the budgets and management of public colleges, though with a little push from "helicopter parents" who hover over their college-age children and challenge administrative decisions, legislators are increasingly intervening in a range of student-life issues. Frequently, legislators who are parents…
Descriptors: Legislators, Public Colleges, Parent School Relationship, Parent Child Relationship
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Rudick, Kyle C.; Ellison, Scott – Communication Education, 2016
In response to the articles in this forum, the authors write that they were struck by the way most of the authors assumed that generations are stable entities characterized by readily identifiable factors, such as age, attitudes or circumstances. Following a constitutive philosophy of communication and instruction (Fassett & Warren, 2007;…
Descriptors: Language Role, Student Research, Self Concept, Age Differences
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