Importance Of Parental Involvement In Education

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Based on the question given, my essay will be focusing more on the involvement of parents in early childhood education. As an educator, I find that involvement from parents in a young child’s education is something that is lacking in this day and age. The reason being for this may be due the fact that some parents may not fully understand what parental involvement truly is, some me not know what the importance of benefits to parental involvement are. Listed below are the explanations on what is defined as parental involvement as well as some of the importance, benefits, challenges and also a few suggestions on ways to involve parents. According to an article titled “Family Makes a Difference” written by Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP)…show more content…
HFRP then moved to list a few examples of learning supports such as families, early childhood programs, schools, out – of – school time programs, activities, higher education, health and social services, agencies, business, libraries, museums and so on. HFRP (pg1, 2006) states that, to achieve positive results for young children and their school readiness, it is necessary to match children’s developmental needs, parents’ attitudes and practices, and early childhood programs’ expectations and support of family involvement. From the article Parental Involvement in their Child (ren)’s Learning written by the Center for Child Well-Being from the Mount Royal University, it is stated that Epstein (1995) described six types of involvement from parents in school which are parenting, meaning the main roles that are play out by parents such as providing housing, nutrition, safety as well as health to their children and parents should also provide home conditions for learning at all levels. Secondly, communicating is also a type of parental involvement, examples are such as school-to-home communication that may involve memos, notices, newsletters, report cards, conferences, phone calls. Parents can also provide communication from…show more content…
There are challenges that are faced by the both the parents and the teacher. One of the challenges based by both parents and teachers are the diversity of cultures. Chen, Kyle & McIntyre (2008) started that is it not easy to arrange programs and project parental involvement, even more so when parents come from a different culture, race and language. Based on a study carried out by Denessen, Bakker, and Gierveld (2007) in four Dutch elementary schools, they found that some specific problem regarding ethnic minority parents are lack of language skills to communicate with the school thus giving the school full responsibility for their child’s education and not being interested in school matters. Some parents and teachers also face a language barrier where in some situations, parents are from other parts of the world. Another barrier to parental involvement is cultural barriers that include different lifestyles, values, culture, and experiences between teacher and parents (Morris &Taylor, 1998). Denessen et al, (2007) stated that cultural differences make parental involvement more difficult for teachers and school administrators. Another barrier to parental involvement is cultural barriers that include different lifestyles, values, culture, and experiences between teacher and parents (Morris &Taylor, 1998). Taken from a doctoral study by Charlotte M. Anthony from Walden
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