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.

Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.

Knight Foundation

Greater Akron Chamber


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

Seven minutes changed everything, but what changed Ashford Thompson?
He shot the guy four times in the head. I have never been that drunk or mad, and I have been through it. Shoot a guy once is bad, maybe a mistake, shoot a guy f...

First cricket farm in the U.S. opens in Youngstown
I am interested in cricket flour to replace soy flour in a low carbohydrate diet. As soon as you have cricket flour available for the average person, please le...

New process starts digesting sludge in Wooster
Awesome! When do our sewage rates decrease accordingly?

Akron's Chapel Hill Mall in foreclosure
Not a surprise. Between the shoplifting, gangs and violence that goes on up there it is no wonder that no one feels safe to shop at Chapel Hill. They have sca...

Ohio launches investigation into at least one Concept charter school
I worked at Noble Academy Cleveland as admin assistant and enrolment coordinator for 6 years, I know this is so valid and true and can provide staff names and p...

Crisis looms in filling aviation industry jobs in Ohio and the nation
I listened to this story yesterday morning on the radio and just want to add this comment. My son went to school to train as an air traffic controller, and gra...

Cuyahoga Valley National Park considers fire to fight invasives
I'm for the controlled burn. There are not enough people (myself included) who volunteer for the removal of invasive plant species. Therefore, another solution ...

Remembering Cleveland music impresario Hank LoConti
The picture here is not the original Agora. It is the old WHK studios where the Agora moved into.

Copyright © 2014 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