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Parents' and teachers' beliefs about parental involvement in schooling


2007 2007

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Parental involvement in schooling is critical for children’s academic success. Despite its importance, parental involvement appears to be discouragingly low. Attribution theory may provide an explanation for perceived limited parental participation in specific activities to support their children's schooling and for strained parent/teacher relations. This study identified and compared the causal attributions made by teachers and parents for a hypothetical situation in which a parent was not sufficiently involved in their elementary aged child’s schooling. In addition, differences in attributions based on the education level of the parent were examined. Participants for the study were 80 regular education teachers in eight public elementary schools and 80 parents or guardians of children in the same eight elementary schools. Parents and teachers completed questionnaires containing vignettes about a mother of a third-grade child, Jamie, who was having difficulty in mathematics and provided probable reasons for why the mother did not perform specific parental involvement activities. Responses were coded as internal or external causal attributions. An analysis of variance was conducted to examine the effect of respondent type (teacher or parent) and the vignette parent’s education level, lower or higher, on the proportion of internal attributions. Results showed that parents and teachers identified a higher proportion of internal attributions than external attributions. Eight categories identified an internal locus of causality while seven categories identified an external locus of causality. A significant interaction was found. Participants in the parent-lower-education vignette condition were more likely to identify a higher proportion of internal attributions than were participants in the parent-higher-education vignette condition.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Elementary education;
Educational psychology;
Families & family life;
Personal relationships;
Sociology
Classification
0524: Elementary education
0525: Educational psychology
0628: Families & family life
0628: Personal relationships
0628: Sociology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, Education, Attribution, Locus of causality, Parent involvement
Title
Parents' and teachers' beliefs about parental involvement in schooling
Author
Haack, Mary Kelly
Number of pages
146
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0138
Source
DAI-A 68/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549111344
Advisor
Doll, Beth
Committee member
Peterson, Reece; Plake, Barbara; Sheridan, Susan
University/institution
The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Department
Educational Psychology
University location
United States -- Nebraska
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3271909
ProQuest document ID
304837440
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304837440
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