Maternal Attitudes and Behaviors Supporting Education
Survey Results Conducted by the Dallas Chapter in March, 2006
Sample size of graduates during past eight years: 124 families surveyed via telephone (including 124 mothers and 152 children total).
Purpose: This survey focused on (1) the education of both the mother and child, (2) maternal school involvement, and (3) maternal reading and writing practices.
Here are some of the key summary points from the follow-up survey of mothers:
- 91% rated education from very important to somewhat important with the majority (85%) saying “very important” or “important.”
- 50% of those surveyed used computers
- Mothers read more frequently (daily and weekly) than they wrote (monthly)
- Bilingual readers are more likely to read on a daily and weekly basis than monolingual readers
Follow-up of Children: Grade levels ranged from Pre-Kindergarten to seventh grade, but 75% of students fell within the Pre-K to second grade levels. Here are some of the key summary points from the follow-up survey of children:
- On average, this sample of students spent 54 minutes on their daily homework.
- 91% said their children had a designated area in their home for doing homework.
- parental involvement in child’s education:
- 93% of parents both helped their children with their homework and enjoyed it. And 99% of this sample checked their children’s homework before they turned it in to their teacher.
- 98% discussed their child’s school experiences with them daily.
- Only 6% stated they did not feel comfortable with their schools.
- 93% of parents knew all of their child’s teachers. More than half (54 percent) visited their child’s school on a daily basis, and 18% visited 5-10 times a month.
- One-third of parents participated in the PTA and about one-half volunteered at their child’s school.
- 95% stated that they both played developmental games with their children and read to their children always or sometimes.
- 90% of parents motivated their children to do their best in school.
- 99% believed their AVANCE-Dallas child would graduate from high school and 97% felt college was part of their child’s future.
- All of the parents in this study reported discussing with their children the importance of school and obtaining an education. These parents believed that an education would shape a child’s future.
- Ninety-nine percent of the parents reported that the AVANCE-Dallas Parent-Child Education Program truly influenced their view of the importance of an education for themselves and their children.