News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Hospice of the Western Reserve

Northeast Ohio Medical University


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Education


Researcher: Parental involvement in education may be overrated
Duke University professor Angel Harris and his team set out to answer two questions about parental involvement
Story by AMY HANSEN


 
Courtesy of StudentsFirst
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:
It's a commonly held thought: The more involved a parent is with their child's education, the better they'll perform. But not so fast, says one researcher. He says parental involvement, like helping with homework or volunteering at schools, may be overrated. StateImpact Ohio's Amy Hansen has more.
LISTEN: Pros and cons of parental involvement

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:17)


Duke University professor Angel Harris and his team set out to answer two questions about parental involvement:

“One was whether or not there were racial and social class differences in how parents are involved. And two, whether or not parents who were involved have children who had higher achievement than parents who were not involved,” Harris said

And after analyzing more than 30 years of data from thousands of families, his results may be surprising.

“This research is suggesting that parents don’t have all the answers, and in some cases when they try to be involved, it can actually lead to declines in achievement,” Harris said

Harris talked about his findings on WCPN’s Sound of Ideas. 

Of 60 kinds of parental involvement the researchers looked at, only 20 percent was found to be positive, while roughly 30 percent actually had a negative effect, and 50 percent made no difference. And, Harris said, parental involvement affects students’ achievement differently, depending on their race.

“For white students, regularly talking about school experiences is associated with increases in reading, but not in math or grades," Harris said. "For Hispanic students, it’s not associated with reading, math, or grades.”

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook



Stories with Recent Comments

School children in Bath produce a seed-to-table garlic feast
Super article. What a great idea to educate in sustainable farming! Garlic is so healthy as well. My Grandson Sam Mathews is in grade 4, and he looks like he ...

There's no off-season for the Cleveland International Film Festival
I would like to see "The Murders of Brandywine Theater" filmed by local Larry Longstreth shown at the Cleveland International Film Festival!

Study shows raising the cigarette tax a dollar could raise $342 million
So, it takes an expert to tell us raising the tobacco tax raises the revenue for the state? Doh. By the way, any one who was going to quit smoking probably alre...

Akron's Highland Square celebrates community spirit and public art
Both Donna and her husband, Joseph are both such amazing art talents! The photos look stunning! I must get down to Angel Falls for an in-person look. I just l...

Pluto: Another off-season, another Browns quarterback conundrum
The Browns do need a draftable QB for the future. Johnny Manziel needs to go and that leaves Brian Hoyer and Connor Shaw. Free agency doesn't really have any so...

Exploradio: Improving the lives of paralyzed people
God bless you doctor. I hope to be alive the day that humans, like me, can use the results of your search...

Nature and nourishment down by the river at the Metroparks' Merwin's Wharf
I love QUICKBITES! I look forward to it every week. One question: is it possible to include a link to the restaurant or store that you profile? Thanks!

Canton's proposed Timken-McKinley school merger is drawing spirited debate
From a sports opinion Varsity would have a lot more talent to choose from So Im sure varsity sports would improve.Also Timkens name would be much more published...

Canton school board will decide whether to merge high schools
I really hope we can save those jobs, usually we try to cut budgets but the demand is still the same. Then we look bad a year or two after the descion is made. ...

FirstEnergy wants PUCO guarantees on nuclear and coal prices
Would just comment that the plant has admitted the following (as reporting in the Akron Beacon Journal): "The utility has said it may have difficulty keeping t...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University