Date of Award

Fall 2002

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Education

First Advisor

Cole, Darnell

Second Advisor

Whipp, Joan

Third Advisor

Eckman, Ellen

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of parents in the academic achievement of their elementary school children. This study focused on the 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade students of two middle-class suburban elementary schools, their parents, and teachers as subjects. The investigation used direct observation of teachers and students, interviews of parents and teachers and questionnaires responded to by parents and pupils. The findings suggest that (1) parents have great roles to play in the academic achievement of their children; (2) Students score very highly in subjects that their parents emphasized as being important for them; and (3) The majority of students overcame their academic problems at higher rates when their parents are involved than when they are not involved. Considering the importance of parental involvement in the academic achievement of their children, the government and all educators should devise different ways to get parents more involved in their children's education.

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