The effect of parental involvement upon student achievement and student diligence: A study of students and parents in Grenada

Lana Cheryl Bevill, Tennessee State University

Abstract

This study examined the effect of parental involvement upon student achievement and diligence. For the purpose of this study, achievement was a measure of students' academic success/ability as determined by scores on the high school placement examination given to students in Grenada, which determines qualification for attending high school. The study examined the relationship of diligence, concentration and assimilation, and responsibility of the student to student achievement. Parental income was examined. Factors of parental involvement, parental income, and student attributes as significant predictors of achievement were investigated. The study examined the effects of gender upon diligence and achievement. The sample consisted of 183 elementary school students and their parents/guardians from four randomly selected schools. Instruments were versions of Bernard's (1991) Diligence Inventory High School (DI-HS) and the Diligence Inventory Parent/Guardian Form (DI-PG). Results indicated that there were statistically significant relationships between parental involvement and achievement. No statistically significant relationship was found between parental involvement and income. The study found a statistically significant relationship between concentration and assimilation of the student and achievement. There was also a statistically significant relationship between responsibility of the student and achievement. The linear combination of student discipline and parental involvement were significant predictors of achievement. No significant difference was found in diligence between females and males. A significant difference was found in achievement between females and males. Results from analyses in this study were similar to results of other studies from other countries. It was concluded that importance should be placed upon making educators and parents aware of the effect of parental involvement upon student achievement. It was recommended that efforts should be expended to increase or continue increasing the level of parental involvement in order to seek optimal student achievement and also to develop suggestions for improvement in attaining higher levels of interest from parents in the field of education. ^

Subject Area

Education, Curriculum and Instruction

Recommended Citation

Lana Cheryl Bevill, "The effect of parental involvement upon student achievement and student diligence: A study of students and parents in Grenada" (2007). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3290732.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI3290732

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