Connecting Families and High Schools Through Interactive Homework

Connecting Families and High Schools Through Interactive Homework

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The current study analyzed the effectiveness of integrating parents in the education of their children through interactive homework (IH). More specifically, the research questions of the study examined the effectiveness, feasibility, and usefulness of parental involvement in increasing academic performance within high school science classes. Using a mixed method design with a single IH treatment group, a convenience sample of 84 anatomy and biology students was assessed over a 6-week period. Although Spearman correlations failed to reveal any associations linking hours of parental IH involvement with student outcomes, related-samples t tests of pre/post student performance indicated significant increases in homework, test scores and overall grades, with greatest improvement observed in test scores. Exit questionnaires, focus groups, and interviews were coded for emergent themes that in turn were analyzed for common patterns. These qualitative data revealed positive feedback related to specific program components and a general interest for program continuation. The results indicated that it is possible to successfully incorporate parents at the high school level, even in technical subject areas. The research may be of particular interest to families and educators due to the positive scholastic effects of incorporating parents in high school academics. Social change is generated by incorporating parents into the educational process which strengthens the school-home bond and contributes to student achievement and motivation.Linking school-family-community partnerships in urban elementary schools to student achievement on state tests. ... (2002). The impact of parent/family involvement on student outcomes: An annotated bibliography of research from the past decade. ... (2002). Title 1-Improving the Academic Achievemtn of the Disadvantaged.

Title:Connecting Families and High Schools Through Interactive Homework
Author:Katrina Pandya
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008


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