The Handbook of Parenting brings together in a single volume much of the theoretical and empirical knowledge and aspects of professional activity within the broadly defined field of parenting. Contributions are presented from an internationally renowned group of scholars known for their work in a range of disciplines, including child and family psychology, education and family studies, providing an accessible map of the major debates in theory, research and practice in this important and exciting field. The material is presented comprehensively. It encompasses essential policy and professional issues in all the main areas of current concern from parenting in culturally divergent settings, to parenting children with special needs in areas of physical, mental, social and educational functioning, to looking at ways in which the wider community and technological advances may be able to provide parenting support. Published in a single-volume format, this handbook will prove an invaluable and essential resource. Academics, researchers, practitioners and advanced students in a host of disciplines will gain from its breadth, wealth of information and enormous insight into the principal issues related to parenting theory and practice in the 21st century. The distinctive contribution of this handbook is to present a vast body of research and other information in a manner that is usable by practitioners in a wide range of child and parental support activities.

Parenting Influences on Intellectual Development and Educational Achievement

Parenting influences on intellectual development and educational achievement

Summary

Parents, educators, and casual observers widely agree that parenting influences play an important role in determining the intellectual, educational, and social outcomes of children and youths. The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of research on the impact of parenting on intellectual development and academic achievement. The following broad areas will be discussed: landmark historical events over the past 30 years, including US legislation to promote parental involvement in public education; influences of parenting on early cognitive development, academic achievement, and vocational choices; and research-based recommendations for parents and educators. While sections of the chapter focus on the US (such as government policies), many of the issues ...

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