Parent/Guardian Engagement in Adolescent Literacy

Parent/Guardian Engagement in Adolescent Literacy

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Parents of children at the elementary level are far more involved in their children's education, both through communicating with the school and helping their child at home. However, as students move through the upper elementary and secondary grades, parents/guardians generally become less involved for many reasons. The reasons range from adolescents seeking more independence, to secondary school curricula becoming more difficult and complex for parents/guardians; from a lack of understanding about the structure of the school, to parent/guardian experiences with unwelcoming teachers and administrators over time. The reasons are numerous, yet the consequences of parents/ guardians being disengaged from an adolescent's schooling and literacy development are even greater.
Citation: Parent/Guardian Engagement in Adolescent Literacy (National Urban League, 2008)
Program: Education