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Title: Engaging Parents & Families in their Child’s Learning-how does parental engagement impact on child & student achievement?


1
Engaging Parents Families in their Childs
Learning-how does parental engagement impact on
child student achievement?
  • Key messages from Do Parents Know They Matter? by
    Alma Harris, Kirstie Andrew-Power, Jane Goodall
    (UK 2009)

2
Engagement or Involvement?
  • Research literature clearly tells us that
  • what makes the difference to student achievement
    is not parental involvement in schooling but
    parental engagement in learning in the home.

3
Creating a direct link between parental
engagement learning
  • 3 ways to think about this relationship
  • Parental engagement for learning-when schools
    take specific steps to connect parents to
    classroom learning through curriculum content,
    materials and resources, personalised tours,
    authentic feedback on their childs progress.
  • Parental engagement through learning-occurs via
    parent / family learning circles or study groups
    with an agreed focus on literacy, effective
    parenting, leadership, governance and decision
    making
  • Parental engagement about learning-when parents /
    families actively engage with educators and
    students to understand more about the process of
    learning and range of strategies to build on home
    literacies.

4
Research shows very different views of parent /
family engagement held by teachers, students and
family members
  • Parents view their engagement as offering support
    to students
  • Teachers tend to view it as a means to improved
    behaviour
  • Students view it as primarily about moral support
    and interest in their progress.

5
So what does all this suggest?
  • Sites need to be clear about what it is they
    understand by parental/family engagement and
    reflect this consistently.
  • Engagement refers to commitment and support for
    something-the more understanding through
    engagement, the more commitment and support you
    can provide.
  • It is about collective responsibility, reciprocal
    communication.

6
Reflection
  • With parent involvement, the emphasis is on
    harnessing what parents can do to help the school
    realise its outcomes.
  • Engagement implies that parents are an essential
    part of the pedagogic process.
  • Parental experience of education can be the
    greatest barrier to engagement.
  • Parental engagement is maximised when parents are
    assisted in developing skills associated with
    effective parenting, leadership, governance and
    decision making.

7
Moral support matters! What young people are
saying
  • I think its your parents recognition-Ive lost
    my certificates now but I still know that my
    parents were proud of me.
  • Because if no ones involved, theres no point in
    doing it! If theyre not bothered, why should I
    be?
  • You cant do it alone. I mightve done better if
    my parents had pushed me
  • What matters most is that your family is behind
    you, supporting you

8
Implications for Sites
  • Make the shift from seeing parental / family
    engagement as engaging with the site, to
    understanding its value as being placed with the
    learning of the student.
  • The ultimate aim is to help parents and families
    support their childrens literacy learning and
    achievement at home, in school and beyond.
  • Literature and research respondents reinforce
    that what is of greatest value is not the
    physical presence of a parent or family member in
    school, but their support and interest in
    learning at home.

9
Implications for parents / families
  • As your childs first educator, continue your
    involvement as they progress on their learning
    journey.
  • Your child needs your involvement whether they
    think so or not.
  • Become aware of how you might access the schools
    website to engage with programs and activities to
    support your childs literacy learning.
  • Be proactive in forming / joining support
    networks.

10
Questions for discussion, reflection
  • How are parents / families currently engaged in
    learning in your site?
  • How can we build stronger partnerships?
  • What if we involve families and their children in
    designing strategies to improve transition
    throughout their schooling experience?
  • How do we/ can we use the community as a learning
    resource for parents / families?
  • What role can our website play to involve parents
    / families in their childs literacy learning at
    home?
  • How can we / do we create opportunities for
    participation in professional learning days and
    conferences?
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