Policy and Research Issues: Parental and Community Involvement/Social Capital

Policy Questions:

1. What are the correlates of active parental involvement in their children's schooling?

  • How do parental roles differ by family type?
  • How are school policies and environment related to parental involvement?
  • Does family structure relate to student achievement?

2. How much choice with respect to their children's schools exists for parents?

  • Are there varying levels of parental choice in education, depending on personal and family characteristics?

3. What are different levels/patterns of social capital available to students?

  • How much autonomy do students have?
  • What are the patterns of parental networks and interactions?
  • What are the patterns of parents' social responsibility for other children?