Bridging School and Parents: Parental Involvement in their Child’s Education
Abstract: This study was designed to identify the relationship between school-parents cooperation in enhancing Indian parents’ involvement in their child’s education. A hundred and fifty Indian students who were studying in National Type Tamil Schools in the district of Kerian, Perak Darul Ridzuan were randomly chosen based on stratified random sampling. The sample comprised 50 students from Year Three, 50 students from Year Four and 50 students from Year Five. Structured interviews were conducted with the respondents. Questionnaires were used by the researcher to obtain quantitative data related to the school-parents partnership and the parents’ involvement strategies implemented for their child’s education. The findings of this study indicate a moderate relationship in school-parents partnership in enhancing Indian parents’ involvement in their child’s education. The more the parents feel welcome at school, the higher their involvement in their child’s education. The parents also show higher involvement when the school is cooperative in discussing their child. In addition, findings also indicate that parents are more involved in their child’s education when the parents are kept informed about the meetings, activities and events that they have to attend.
Keywords: Parental involvement, cooperation, education, National Type Tamil School
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