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Familys Influence on a Childs Educational Success The family is a key element in every persons life they have the greatest impact on a childs socialization Macionis 70 Socialization is a learned behavior that remains with a person his entire life Family influences nearly every aspect of childrens life including their education Increasing evidence indicates that schools are not solely responsible for promoting our young peoples academic success rather families must be engaged in helping youths develop the knowledge and skills they need to function in tomorrows workplace Israel 43 Therefore the question is not whether parents influence education but rather how and to what extent they do A variety of explanations exist including the size of the family the parenting techniques and the familys economic status Why do some parents become involved in their childrens elementary and secondary education Three major constructs are believed to be central to parents basic involvement decisions First a parents role construction defines parents beliefs about what they are supposed to do in their childrens education and appears to establish the basic range of activities that parents construe as important necessary and permissible for their own actions with and on behalf of children Second parents sense of efficacy for helping their children succeed in school focuses on the extent to which parents believe that through their involvement they can exert positive influence on their childrens educational outcomes Third general invitations demands and opportunities for involvement refer to parents perceptions that the child and school want them to be involved However even well-designed school programs inviting involvement will meet with only limited success if they do not address issues of parental role construction and parental sense of efficacy for helping children succeed in school One theory suggests that the chief reason why a students family life affects hisher education is based on the size of the family More specifically it suggests that those coming from a family with fewer children
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