Parent-School Partnerships in Early Elementary: The Importance of Parent Educational Involvement in Children's Social-emotional Functioning

  • Author / Creator
    Gordon, Jennifer W.
  • This quantitative study investigated the direct and indirect contributions of parent involvement (i.e., the quality and quantity of school-based and home-based involvement) in children's social-emotional functioning during early elementary grades (K-2). The sample was composed of 286 parents and 237 teachers. Data were collected using parent and teacher reports. After controlling for relevant background variables, the quality of home-based involvement was found to be the strongest predictor of children’s social-emotional functioning (i.e., pro-social skills, emotional regulation, and school liking), as rated by parents. Parent-teacher contact negatively predicted children’s social-emotional outcomes as rated by teachers (i.e., pro-social skills, emotional regulation, school liking, cooperative and autonomous participation), whereas parents’ school-based participation positively predicted these outcomes. Parent-school relationship quality positively predicted children’s pro-social skills and school liking as rated by parents, and was a salient predictor of boys’ school liking and cooperative participation, as rated by teachers. Parents’ school-based participation also predicted boys’ autonomous participation (but not girls), as rated by teachers. Finally, parent-teacher contact positively predicted parents’ frequency of home-based involvement, which in turn, positively predicted children’s pro-social skills and school liking, as rated by parents. School-based participation also predicted children’s pro-social skills indirectly through parents’ home-based involvement. Findings and implications are discussed in relation to research and theory, and aim to inform future parent-school partnership initiatives.

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    Doctor of Philosophy
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    University of Alberta
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    • Department of Educational Psychology
  • Specialization
    • Psychological Studies in Education
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Dr. Christina Rinaldi, Educational Psychology
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Dr. Lia Daniels, Educational Psychology
    • Dr. Lynn McGarvey, Elementary Education
    • Dr. Cheryl Poth, Educational Psychology
    • Dr. Kathyrn Underwood, Early Childhood Studies, Ryerson University
    • Dr. Jacqueline Pei, Educational Psychology