Parents and Education
|My mother on stage with my younger brother during his high school graduation|
Now, it turns out that there is evidence that a parent's aspiration is one of the factors that impact positively a child's motivation for learning. Here is an abstract of a paper published in the Journal of Educational Research:
The above study was quite methodical in deciphering relationships between what a parent does and how motivated a child is in learning. Motivation is a key aspect in learning. Children who are motivated to study are obviously more likely to stay in school. Parental involvement can come in so many different ways like being active in parent-teacher associations, establishing rules or schedules (when to view television or visit Facebook) at home, assisting in their children's projects or homework, and others. Thus, it is important to focus on a limited number of ways parents get involved in their child's education to gain useful insights on what works and what does not work. Doing so enables the above researchers to find what generally has a positive impact on a child's motivation to learn. It is the parent's aspiration.
It is not surprising to see that a parent's aspiration for his or her child plays a major role in learning motivation. What is surprising is that there are parents who do not have such aspiration. My parents probably never aspired that I actually pursue higher education to obtain a doctorate degree, but their dream that I finish high school was enough to propel me to take my studies seriously.