THE INFLUENCE OF PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT ON LEARNING: A CASE STUDY OF PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN IN MATABELELAND REGIONS

Ntombi Muchuchuti

Abstract


Parental involvement in their children’s education has been proven by research to improve the children’s confidence, interest and performance at school. A qualitative case study to evaluate the influence of parental involvement was conducted. The study sample was purposively sampled and consisted of 20 school heads, 20 teachers and 20 pupils. The researcher was the main research instrument during data gathering. She assumed the role of the interviewer and an observer. Data were analysed using thematic content analysis. The findings showed that, parents who had children enrolled in rural and public urban schools were less committed to their children’s learning. Further, they were not worried much about their children’s school environment. They consulted less with the teachers and did not supervise their children’s home work. Parents whose children were in private schools had better communication and interaction with their children’s teachers. There were various models that were used to improve parent teacher relationship for the betterment of the children’s learning needs. The study recommended -devolvement of engagement strategies, improved communication channels, supervised parental involvement in school activities and monitoring and evaluation measures to assess performance, progress, outcome and impact of engagement strategies.

Keywords


Parental Involvement, Motivation, Communication, Participation

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