Parental Involvement

Why fathers matter to their children’s literacy June 2009

The literature reviewed here indicates that fathers have an important role to play in their children’s literacy development. However, involving fathers in their children’s literacy activities not only benefits their children. There are also numerous benefits that have been reported for the fathers themselves, including greater skill acquisition, greater confidence and self-esteem, a better father-child relationship, and increased engagement with learning.

Finally, a finding by Fagan and Iglesias (1999) is worth keeping in mind when studying father involvement. They found that actual changes in the quality of paternal behaviour are necessary for significant outcomes to come about, suggesting that an emphasis on increased father involvement alone may not be sufficient for bringing about change or beneficial impacts.

The Power of Parents
Thigpen, D., Freedberg, L. and Frey, S. (2014) The Power of Parents: Research underscores the impact of parent involvement in schools. Ed Source and New America Media

This report looks at research showing that parent involvement in their children’s school is associated with a range of positive outcomes for students, including greater academic success, improved attitudes toward school, and a reduction in at-risk behaviour. The research also shows that parent involvement leads to more teacher satisfaction.

The Impact of Family Involvement on the Education of Children Ages 3-8
(2013) Van Voorhis et al. Centre on School, Family and Community Partnerships at John Hopkins University, USA. The past ten years of research in this area is reviewed looking at families helping their children learn.

Using Leadership to Promote Strengths-Based Family Engagement !
FINE (Family Involvement Network of Educators) is located at Harvard Family Research Project in Harvard Graduate School of Education. They have helped stakeholders develop and evaluate strategies to promote the well-being of children, youth, families, and their communities since 1983.  If you missed the web conference on above, you can access the archive here.

Why it is important to involve parents in their children’s literacy development – a brief research summary by Christina Clark
Two pages of key findings from research supporting the importance of parents involvement in children’s literacy development.

National Literacy Trust (A research review: the importance of families and the home environment, Angelica Bonci) (2008, revised 2010 and March 2011) This 25 page paper gives a very good up to date overview of Family Literacy.