The purpose of this study was to examine the extent to which families within the
Shravasti district of Uttar Pradesh, India are engaged in their children's education, as well
as to examine the child, family, school, and community factors that are potentially
associated with families' involvement in their children's education. Additionally, through
mediation analysis (Preacher and Hayes, 2008), the educational aspirations that are held
for the child were examined in relation to way these aspirations potentially mediate the
relationship between factors within the child, family, school, and community contexts
and family engagement in education. Seven forms of family engagement were examined
in this study, including financial investment in children's schooling, educational
aspirations for the child's level of educational attainment, whether or not family helps the
child in his or her study, whether or not the family accompanies the child to school, and
whether or not the child's caretaker visits the school for the purpose of attending a
meeting as a member, when presence is needed for reasons such as paying fees or
enrollment, and/or at the teacher's request for discussion about the child's study or behavior. Multiple linear and binary logistic regression analyses were used to determine
the association between child, family, school, and community factors and different forms
of family engagement. Out of the various contextual factors examined, the findings
revealed that the dummy variables for the household's village of residence and the child's
age were among the most consistent indicators family engagement in education.
Furthermore, based on the findings from the mediation models in which educational
attainment aspirations served as the mediator variable, one or more significant indirect
effects were found with each of the dependent variables of financial investment in
education, family help with study, and family accompaniment to school. Overall, this
study contributes to a deeper understanding of the nature of family engagement in
education in the Shravasti district of Uttar Pradesh, India, providing knowledge of the
factors that are related to various forms of family engagement in education in the
Shravasti district. Moreover, through this study, practical strategies are offered for Indian
educators in order to facilitate more collaborative relationships with the parents and
families of Indian students.
University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. September 2011. Major: Educational Policy and Administration. Advisors: Dr. Deanne Magnusson, Dr. David Chapman. 1 computer file (PDF); xxi, 283 pages.
Sanchez, Amanda Joy.
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