Role of parental involvement in secondary education

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Master of Philosophy in Education


Institute for Educational Development, Karachi


This study explored the perceptions of stakeholders about parental involvement in their children's education in a private secondary school. The study focused on the academic support that students receive and expect from their parents and the ways through which parents are involved in their children's education through different activities. The study employed qualitative methodology. Data was generated through exploratory case study design. The main data collection methods in this study were focus group discussions (FGDs), individual interviews. The participants in this study involved students of grade 9 and 10, parents of the particular selected students, class teachers of grade 9 and 10 and academic coordinator of these grades. Results reveal that all participants recognize the importance of parental involvement in children's education because this helps in improving academic performance, setting academic goals, completion of homework, problem solving, and teaching ethics to make students disciplined and make a successful future. The data also revealed some motivating factors: parents' own experiences, achievements and improvement areas of their children, setting goals and targets by the parents and parents' aspiration. While hindrances include financial constraints, low parental education, unawareness of parents and parents' jobs (especially fathers) are some of the hindrances which prevent parents to become fully involved.

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