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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?