Family Context and Its Relationship with Parental Involvement in Their Children’s Education in Secondary Schools

ABD RAZAK ZAKARIA, NORANI MOHD SALLEH

Abstract


This study aimed at investigating to what extent parents involved themselves in educating their secondary school children. The participants consisted of 950 Form Four students from government assisted secondary schools. The questionnaires were administered to the sample in the state of Selangor. The findings showed that interaction and communication, parenting practices, leisure, openness and acceptance were the predictive factors and had a positive relationship with parental involvement in education of secondary school children. Multiple regression analysis showed that the component of family context contributed 44.5 percent to the involvement of parents at home as compared to only 16.0 percent for involvement of parents in school. Overall, it was found that family context contributed 41.1 percent to the involvement (home and school). Of greater interest is that this study found that involvement of parents in education of their secondary school children is not the main factor for their children’s achievement in learning. The children obtained high academic achievement even without the involvement of parents. A conducive and harmonious family context was able to motivate the children to succeed in their studies. Although family involvement is important in raising the academic achievement of children, the family context is the main factor in influencing the children’s academic achievement. To conclude, it would be more meaningful if efforts aimed at children’s academic success in school utilize a more holistic strategy by strengthening the family institution and creating healthy family relationships

Keywords


Parental involvement, family context, children’s education, secondary school

Full Text:

PDF

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


....................................................................................................................................................................................................


Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

© Jurnal Pendidikan Malaysia | Malaysian Journal of Education
ISSN 2180-0782 | eISSN: 2600-8823