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A cross-national analysis of parental involvement and student literacy

Hampden-Thompson, Gillian; Guzman, Lina; Lippman, Laura

Authors

Lina Guzman

Laura Lippman



Abstract

Using data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), we examine the association between parental involvement and student literacy in 21 countries. We consider how the nature of the association between parental involvement and student literacy varies in direction and magnitude across national borders and across multiple dimensions of parental involvement and measures of literacy. Across the 21 countries, we observe that, in general, increased social and cultural communication with parents is associated with higher levels of student literacy, although the association is most consistent in the area of reading literacy. Specifically, for students residing in eight countries (Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway and the United Kingdom), there are consistent reading literacy benefits when their parents engage in various forms of social and cultural communication. Consistently across all 21 countries, students have significantly lower literacy scores the more frequently parents assist with homework. This finding provides robust cross-national support for the reactive hypothesis.

Citation

Hampden-Thompson, G., Guzman, L., & Lippman, L. (2013). A cross-national analysis of parental involvement and student literacy. International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 54, 246--266. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020715213501183

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2013
Deposit Date Sep 11, 2023
Journal International Journal of Comparative Sociology
Print ISSN 0020-7152
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 54
Pages 246--266
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0020715213501183
Keywords Cross-national, ecological systems theory, literacy achievement, parental involvement, PISA
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1728030
Related Public URLs http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/51370/