family engagement

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Research shows that family engagement has a positive impact on many aspects of student achievement, including lower drop-out rates. Parental involvement has been associated with positive change in learning outcomes. A high level of parental support can sometimes even compensate for a disadvantaged socio-economic background.

Family engagement has three broad aspects[1]:

  • partnerships between schools, families and communities;
  • awareness raising of the importance of parental engagement in a child's education; and
  • providing parents with the skills that are necessary to become involved

When it comes to parental engagement, both school- and home-based activities should be taken into consideration: parental expectations and support of the child’s learning are essential as well as a school climate that values parental input.

[1] Emerson, L., Fear. J., Fox, S., and Sanders, E. (2012). Parental engagement in learning and schooling: Lessons from research

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