parents and students in Pub-Kamrup College and Patidarrang College, Kamrup district

Pratisha Padmasri Deka


Through this paper an attempt has been made to bring into light the views, both positive and negative, of parents and students on the desirability parental involvement in higher education level. Education does not only involve acquiring academic qualifications it also involves learning how to be a productive member of society, it involves how to behave in social settings, it involves learning how to figure everyday problems, and so much more. Parents play a very valuable role in their children’s education in and out of the classroom. Because of this reason, parents need to take on the challenge and provide their children the tools they will need in order to be successful in life. Parental involvement in the schools/college is considered to be one of the most definitive predictors of students’ educational success. Parental involvement is “the critical socializing force in for balance development…it is expected to enhance parent-child interactions as well as attachment to school, thus promoting readiness (Reynolds, et. al, 1996, 1123). Many of the preceding researches have greatly emphasized the need and importance of parental involvement in school level education. But the question on desirability of involving parents in education of their children in higher educational stages still remains unanswered. This paper mainly discusses parents` views on six areas of parental involvement as identified by Epstein and associate (1997) i.e. parenting, communicating, volunteering, learning at home, decision making, and collaborating with the community along with students` attitudes on other aspects related with parental involvement in education on the basis of study is conducted in two colleges of Kamrup District of Assam using Descriptive Survey Method and Observation Method.


Higher education, parental involvement, students’ and parents’ perspective

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