Is there a family to lean on? An intersectional approach to parent involvement in their children’s schooling

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Having a family to lean on, and particularly having parents who are involved in school matters, is an essential determinant of children's academic achievement and learning. This chapter describes and analyzes parental presence in children's lives, as exhibited by their school involvement, in relation to children's schooling. This analysis will be performed while considering parents of different socio-economic status (SES) and ethnic groups. Parental involvement (PI) in the context of school is a topic that has occupied the attention of researchers for many years. The chapter examines longitudinal changes in PI by adopting a sociological lens and comparing four social groups, defined by their SES and ethnic affiliation. It deals with the concept of PI as expressed in school, at home, and in relation to academic socialization, as well as longitudinal changes in PI. The chapter focuses on differences in parental involvement according to social class, ethnicity, and intersectionality. It also focuses on PI in the Israeli context, examining longitudinal trends in PI in the home arena, while comparing academic and non-academic Jewish and Arab parents.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYouth without family to lean on
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal challenges and local interventions
EditorsShula Mozes, Moshe Israelashvili
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, US
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781003124849
ISBN (Print)9780367645076, 9780367645038
StatePublished - 2023


  • Family
  • Parental Involvement
  • Social Class
  • Social Groups
  • Socialization
  • Socioeconomic Status
  • Student Engagement
  • Intersectionality


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