Family Involvement In Education

Family involvement in education is an important aspect in child education and development. Please read through the below article. It was well written by Khadeejah Shafie, who is the second-year student of Bachelor In Education from Nottingham University, Malaysia. The article includes 2 activities plans for teachers to apply in their classroom, that includes family members involvement. Happy reading!!

Family Involvement philosophy
This family involvement philosophy will provide you with my personal reflection on the
definition of family, the theoretical framework, its principles of working collaboratively with families and last but not least, my personal goal and objectives for inclusive education.

Definition of family 
Family is the smallest segment of society ("CHAPTER-1″, n.d.). Family can be a group of people held together by birth, marriage or adoption (A. Enrique, R. Howk & G. Huitt, 2007). Likewise, it can also be someone who is a common residence or close emotional attachment. With these differences in the definition of family, they, in fact, have a common characteristic. The three basic characteristics that all families share are survival, economic self-sufficiency and self-actualization. With this in mind, they serve as an important function in society.

My definition of family
I personally define family as any individual who takes up responsibility in taking care of their child’s needs such as education, health care and time. It does not matter whether the individual is biologically related or not as long as they are keen enough in taking care of the child. This is because every child deserves constant attention that support his or her learning development.

The theory behind family involvement
In today’s globalised world, education plays a major role in one’s success. As well as this,
family involvement is crucial to ensure the parents or guardian are updated about their child’s social, personal and academic development. According to Eipsten’s theory, parental involvement focuses on how schools assist families by helping them create a home environment that will allow them to support their children as student (Johnson, n.d.). Hereby, there are 6 types of family involvement; Parenting, communicating, volunteering, learning at home, decision making and collaboration with the community. This theory asserts that students that students learn more and succeed at a higher level when home, school and community work together to support student’s learning and development.

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Written by Khadeejah Shafie, 2019

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