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1st Edition

Family Factors and the Educational Success of Children

Edited By

William Jeynes

ISBN 9780789037626
Published August 27, 2009 by Routledge
420 Pages

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Book Description

Family Factors and the Educational Success of Children addresses a wide range of family variables and a diverse array of family situations in order to understand the dynamics of the multifaceted relationship between family realities and educational outcomes of children. It provides research on building effective partnerships between parents and teaches the importance of parental style, parental involvement as a means of improving family life, the influence of family factors on children of color, and the role of religion in influencing family and educational dynamics.

This book is a valuable resource for academics, family scientists, social workers, psychologists, parents, and students. The book contains research on a full variety of issues, which will provide insight into a wide range of practical matters regarding the influence of the family. The research methodology included in this book includes examining large data sets, case studies, research syntheses and other student surveys. As a result of reading this book, individuals will have greater insight into how a multitudinous number of family factors ultimately influence the educational success of children, whether that is experienced directly or indirectly.

This book was published as a double special issue of Marriage and Family Review.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Salience of Family Factors in Children’s School Experiences  William Jeynes

Summaries of the Effects of Parental Style and Parental Involvement

2. Parenting Styles: The impact on student achievement  Lola Brown and Shrinidhi Iyengar

3. Families, their children’s education, and the public school: An historical review  Diana Hiatt-Michael

4. Father Involvement and Children’s Early Learning: A Critical Review of Published Empirical Work from the Past 15 Years  Jason Downer, Rodrigo Campos, Christine McWayne, and Tara Gartner

Parental Involvement and the Academic Achievement of Hispanic Students

5. Community Literacy Resources and Home Literacy practices among Immigrant Latino Families Leslie Reese and Claude Goldenberg

6. Examining Famial-Based Academic Success Factors in Urban High School Students: The Case of Puerto Rican Female High Achievers  Rene Antrop-Gonzalez, William Velez, and Tomas Garrett

7. Expectations, Aspirations, and Achievement among Latino Students of Immigrant Families Dick M. Carpenter II

Education & Religion as a means of improving family life

8. Family, denomination and the adolescent worldview: an empirical enquiry among 13- to 15-year-old females in England and Wales Leslie J. Francis

9. The Influence of Religion on Latino Education, Marriage, and Social Views in the United States Gastòn Espinosa

Parental Involvement as a Means of Improving the Quality of Life

10. Increased Family Involvement in School Predicts Improved Child-Teacher Relationships and Feelings about School for Low-income Children Eric Dearing, Holly Kreider, and Heather B. Weiss

11. Effects Of Parental Involvement On Experiences of Discrimination And Bullying  William H. Jeynes

Improving Parental Involvement & Building Partnerships

12. How Parents and Teachers View their School Communities  Sam Redding

13. Altering the Curriculum of the Home: Learning Environments for Korean and U.S. Students  Susan J. Paik

14. Caregiver Engagement in Religious Urban Elementary Schools  Martin Scanlan

15. High School Family Centers: Transformative Spaces Linking Schools and Families in Support of Student Learning  Karen L. Mapp, Vivian R. Johnson, Carol Sills Strickland, and Catherine Meza

16. Families Home Schooling in a Virtual Charter School System  Carol Klein and Mary Poplin

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William Jeynes is a professor of Education at California State University in Long Beach. He has written extensively on family issues and conducted several meta-analyses on parental involvement and the impact of parental family structure on students' academic and behavioral outcomes.


This insightful collection of essays provides a nuanced and sophisticated look into the ways the family furthers academic achievement and other beneficial student behavior. The findings will help educators, policy makers and parents more clearly to understand how healthy family dynamics contribute to the school experiences of youth. The examples and thoughtful reflections will help them envision how schools can partner with families to improve these vital relationships.

Perry L. Glanzer, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Baylor University

This book successfully pulls together cutting-edge research from a variety of disciplines and types of inquiry and provides an important history and overview of the subject. It also draws attention to the role of religious belief in educational success. In this accountability-driven era, when people search for nearly any solution to increase the success of students, it is good to have the idea of parental involvement aired out for investigation. Educational researchers, school administrators and teachers, policymakers, and parents will benefit from reading this work and applying its principles to their own work with children.

Joanne Marshall, Associate Professor of Education, Iowa State University