Effects of Parents’ Participation in Children’s Academic Performance: A Case of Community Secondary Schools in Arusha District Council

Frank, Msengi Petro (2017) Effects of Parents’ Participation in Children’s Academic Performance: A Case of Community Secondary Schools in Arusha District Council. Masters thesis, The Open University of Tanzania.

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This dissertation discusses the effects of parents’ participation on children’s academic performance in Arusha District Council. The study is organized in five chapters; the first chapter shows the introduction and background to the problem. It also gives the statement of the problem. Moreover, the chapter presents the significance of the study, objectives of the study and limitations and delimitations. The Second chapter reviews the few available studies on the effects of parents’ participation in children’s academic performance. The third chapter describes the methods applied in the study. It is organized under the following sections: The areas of study research design, population inquiry, sampling, sampling techniques, instruments for data collection and data analysis. The fourth chapter is about data presentation, analysis and discussion of the findings. The fifth chapter summarizes the findings and concludes the study. The study is framed within three objectives: to explore the parental support on children academic performance; to examine ways family participation in learning affect children’s academic performance; and to determine the effects of parent’s level of education on children’s academic performance. 20 teachers, 25 students and 45 parents were involved during the collection of data, which was done through questionnaire, interview and documentary review. The study found that as a way to support their children, parents encouraged children to read. Parents also helped their children to prepare for tests. Furthermore, the study found that family support promotes school attendance; motivate children to aspire to earn higher grades. Moreover, the study found that parents’ level of education had a lot of effects on children’s academic performance. For example, parents with higher level of education had higher aspirations for their children and socialized their children towards higher levels of educational achievement and occupational success by modeling achievement-related behaviors. Those with low level of education lacked knowledge, skills and materials to support their children. The study recommends that schools should encourage parents to participate in school events, develop a working relationship with teachers and keep up with what is happening with their children’s schooling activities. Also the study recommends that, the government should make an effort to empower parents to be more active in the lives of their children, include supporting them morally and materially in their education.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 370 Education
Divisions: Faculty of Education > Department of Policy Planning and Administration
Depositing User: Mr Habibu Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2018 16:32
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2018 16:32
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/2042

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