Parental Involvement in Higher Education: Understanding the Relationship among Students, Parents, and the Institution: ASHE Higher Education Report / Edition 1

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Helicopter parents have landed on our college campuses!

This monograph examines parental involvement in higher education by looking at the history of the relationship between students and institutions and institutional responses to this phenomenon. It explores:

  1. alternative theoretical frameworks that highlight the benefits of strong parental relationships
  2. variables of gender, race and socioeconomic class and how they inform the student-parent relationship
  3. implications for practice and suggestions for policy
In this monograph, the authors encourage higher education researchers and practitioners to take their own college experience out of the equation as they consider student-family relationships today. They provide the analysis and background information necessary to think holistically about parents and their involvement so that all parents are included in our institutional efforts, not just the ones making all the noise.

This is the sixth issue in the 33rd volume of the Jossey-Bass series ASHE Higher Education Report. Each monograph in the series is the definitive analysis of a tough higher education problem, based on thorough research of pertinent literature and institutional experiences. Topics are identified by a national survey. Noted practitioners and scholars are then commissioned to write the reports, with experts providing critical reviews of each manuscript before publication.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470385296
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/2/2008
  • Series: J-B ASHE Higher Education Report Series (AEHE) Series, #123
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Executive Summary vii

Foreword xi

Acknowledgments xv

Overview 1

Introduction to the Monograph 1

Defining Parental Involvement 3

Reasons for Parental Involvement 7

Generation 10

Cost of College 12

Use of Technology 13

Changes in Parenting 16

Demographics 17

Theoretical Grounding 21

K-12 Literature 22

College Student Development: Separation-Individuation 24

Secure Attachment 25

Measured Effects of Attachment 28

Attachment and Residential Status 30

A New View of Student Development 31

Students, Parents, and the Institution 33

In Loco Parentis 33

College Students: Children or Adults? 40

Student Identity: Gender, Race, and Class 45

Gender 45

Race 51

Socioeconomic Class 55

Implications 75

Parent Services and Best Practices 79

Today's Parents: Mentors or Machines? 83

Challenges in Working with Parents 86

The Bottom Line: Cost 89

When Do Colleges Need Parents? 90

Recommendations 91

Generation 91

Cost of College 92

Use of Technology 93

Changes in Parenting 94

Demographics 95

Conclusion 99

Appendix Resource Guide 101

References 105

Name Index 115

Subject Index 118

About the Authors 125

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