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The importance of parental involvement in their child’s education

24 Aug 2017 10:58 PM | Anonymous

When you choose to have a child, you choose to educate. The way in which a child learns is a complex situation. It begins from the moment that they are born and continues late into adulthood. Parents are the very first educator a child has, and statistics show that the parental involvement has a strong impact on language development and educational achievement.

In recent years research has produced evidence to justify a focus on parental involvement with a particular emphasis on early years to raise literacy standards. The key findings are:

  • Families and parents are critical to children’s attainment – Parental involvement in their child’s literacy practices positively affects children’s academic performance and is a more powerful force for academic success than other family background variables such as social class, family size and level of parental education.
  • The home is crucial – Parents have the greatest influence on the achievement of young people through supporting their learning in the home rather than supporting activities in school.
  • Early intervention is vital – The earlier parents become involved in their children’s literacy practices, the more profound the results and the longer-lasting the effects. Children learn long before they enter formal education.

As children become older parental support continues to play a crucial role in education. Children spend 15% of their lives from age 5 to 16 in school and 85% with their families, parents and within their community. When considering this, it is clear to see how influential parents are in the way that a child views the world and how important it is for them to bridge the gap between home and school.

Digital Education and Parental involvement.

Learning the ins and outs of the latest technology is a lot like learning to swim or ride a bike: The younger you are, the more naturally it comes. This is troubling news for parents who already feel two steps behind their digitally savvy children.

While assisting with traditional school work poses enough challenges, parents now need to help their children build wikis and solve math problems on iPad apps. As schools shift toward online platforms and e-learning devices, tech-challenged parents may feel intimidated. The good news is that keeping up with the digital pace is as simple as starting a conversation.

Advice for parent

  • Show and tell -  If your child is using a device, program, or website you aren't familiar with, have them show you how it works. Let’s be honest; I don’t think I’ve ever met a child who doesn’t love to be the teacher.
  • Google it - It's a simple but often overlooked step to technical understanding and Internet safety.
  • Get excited -  Computers, tablets, and smartphones bring students out of their shells and open up exciting new avenues for learning.

Parents can overcome their own digital insecurities by talking to other parents and engaging with their child's teachers. Send the teachers a quick e-mail and ask how they use technology in their classrooms—you might be surprised what you hear back. Some teachers maintain class websites and blog about what the students learned in school that day.

Parental involvement in their children's education has the greatest impact on Children's development

Emma Wilson

Digital Education Consultant

Want to know more? emma.wilson@fedd.org.au


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