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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Whitaker, Manya Catrice
URN etd-06052008-171619
Title Deepening Understanding of Parents' Role Construction for Involvement in Their Children's Education
Degree Master of Science
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kathleen Hoover-Dempsey Committee Chair
  • self-construal
  • parental involvement
  • role construction
Date of Defense 2008-04-30
Availability unrestricted
This thesis examined the development of parents’ active role construction for involvement in their children’s education. Guided by cognitive, social, and cultural theories of development, this study investigated the influence of two known contributors to parental involvement (valence toward school and self-efficacy), one relatively new personal-cultural contributor (self-construal), and one other known motivator of parental involvement (contextual invitations to involvement). Results suggested that experiences with schools do contribute to a parent’s partnership-focused role construction, whereas self-efficacy was influential in parent-focused role construction. Child invitations to involvement were most influential in predicting active role constructions, but interview data suggested teachers’ invitations are equally as important. Self-construal did not significantly predict active role constructions, but small correlations suggest there is an association that should be examined in future work.
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