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The Impact of Mother Involvement in Education

Motherhood possesses the utmost importance in the nurturing of children. But it also provides the education and academic achievements of their children as students. According to a study conducted by professors at the University of Illinois, (link: [url=][/url]), certain behaviors by mothers in the early stages of a child’s life directly led to the latter student achievement and so too was earlier maternal participation in school- and education-related activities.
Another study by Gail Zimmerman cited parental enthusiasm as an impactful factor in the succeeding of their children’s academic endeavors. It observed the data from a study of 193 Los Angeles area 2nd- and 5th-grade children and their mothers and attempted to form a relationship between parental involvement and academic standing. It found a clear and concise connection between the positive parental enthusiasm and a student’s educational achievement.
So what hinders parental involvement, especially since it proves to play a crucial and underlying role in many disciplines of academia? An NEA Brief released in 2008 says that an overwhelming majority mothers say that demanding schedules and lack of understanding to the school’s cultural and linguistic differences have led them to a large lack of involvement with their child’s education
A study by Washington University in St. Louis says that mothers, especially those in developing countries, are much more likely to be involved with education at home than in school. Many components of this involvement include a steady income, usable facilities, and education of parents. This study derived from the testing of children in Ghana from low-income families and found that nearly seven of ten parents interviewed from the households were females, perhaps a signifier of the educational maternal involvement. The study also found that children with parents employed in the formal sector typically scored higher than those with parents employed in the informal sector. Another finding was that the average income was 131 U.S dollars.
Another study conducted in India ([url=][/url]) found that mothers who are more educated provided stronger test results for the children in their household by placing mothers into four grounds: one which received adult literacy classes, one which received training for how to enhance their children’s learning at home, one which received a combination of the first two interventions, or one which received nothing, which served as the control group. The study found that each intervention alone increased math scores, but only the combined intervention increased scores in language tests.
So this mother’s day, appreciate the maternal role which mothers play in the education of their child and provide a basis for the said role by funding the academia of children in developing countries today through Givology.
-[b] Sarah Nachimson, Givology Staff[/b]

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