The Family-School Connection: Theory, Research, and Practice

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Currently, only about 50% of American youths live in traditional two-parent, first-marriage families. What is the nature of the relationships among contemporary family variables and the success of children in school? Building on a model for evaluating these relationships, an outstanding group of researchers examines how school achievement is influenced by parent-child interactions: how early adolescents are affected by the overlapping spheres of influence of school, family, community, and peer group; and how family environment influences educational attainment. In addition, this timely volume covers pertinent issues of the family's influence on learning for youth with learning disabilities, school truancy, and the effects of parental discord and divorce on the child's learning.
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Ten studies from the 1995 Harman Biennial National Conference report evaluative research on the relationship between children's family relations and their performance in school. Among the topics are children's social worlds, national patterns in the middle grades, interparental conflict and divorce, truancy, and the family resource center as a community-based system of family support services. For graduate students and scholars in education and psychology. Paper edition (unseen), $24.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

Personality and Social Development, University of Guelph.

Prevention, Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, New London, CT.

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Introduction: It Is in Our Best Interest
1 The Family-School Relationships Model 3
2 Inquiring Into Children's Social Worlds: A Choice of Lenses 29
3 Parent-Child Interactions and School Achievement 75
4 National Patterns of School and Family Connections in the Middle Grades 108
5 The Impact of Family Environment on Educational Attainment: Do Families Make a Difference? 155
6 High Achievement, Underachievement, and Learning Disabilities: A Family Systems Model 207
7 Children's School Performance: The Roles of Interparental Conflict and Divorce 250
8 Truancy, Family Processes, and Interventions 270
9 The Family Resource Center: A Community-Based System of Family Support Services 288
10 Intergenerational Influences on Child Outcomes: Implications for Prevention and Intervention 315
Appendix: The Family-school Connection: A Research Bibliography 341
Index 361
About the Editors 364
About the Contributors 366
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