Parental involvement, children’s aspirations, and achievement in new immigrant families

Falk College Author(s): Eunjoo Jung

Jung, E., & Zhang, Y. (2016) Parental involvement, children’s aspirations, and achievement in new immigrant families. The Journal of Educational Research, 109(4), 333-350.

Abstract:

The authors investigated the relationships among multiple aspects of parental involvement (English proficiency, school involvement, control and monitoring of children), children's aspirations, and achievement in new immigrant families in the United States. They used data on immigrant parents and school-age children (N = 1,255) from the New Immigrant Survey to examine immigrant families from diverse backgrounds. Structural equation modeling analyses revealed that parental English proficiency and involvement in school education are related to children's academic achievement, cognitive development, and English language ability, directly as well as indirectly, through children's educational aspirations. Parental control and monitoring is not beneficial to immigrant children's cognitive development, although variations were found across different groups. They also observed intriguing findings regarding gender and racial or ethnic diversity. Based on their findings, they provide recommendations for the fostering of academic success and the design and implementation of educational programs and practices for immigrant children.


DOI: 10.1080/00220671.2014.959112