Parent Involvement in Instruction, K-12: ..
Parent involvement in instruction, K-12: Research synthesis
Dr. Erika A. Patall is interested in the interface between social psychological theory and education. Most broadly, Dr. Patall studies the determinants and development of motivation and the relationship between motivation and academic achievement. She has most frequently focused on how the provision of choice and other supports for autonomy may impact motivation and support various achievement related outcomes. She is also interested in how school time and the activities of children outside of school influence their academic achievement, including activities such as parent involvement in schoolwork. Finally, Dr. Patall is interested in the development and use of research synthesis methods in social science research.
, Parent Involvement in Homework: A Research Synthesis.
Students in Grades 4-12 spend the majority of their days in content-area classes. As students advance in school, researchers suggest reading instruction should become more disciplinary (tied to content areas), reinforcing and supporting students’ academic performance (Shanahan & Shanahan, 2008). All content-area instruction (e.g., English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies) utilizes literary or informational text in some manner, so students must comprehend specific texts and grasp the concepts being communicated in them. This is a particular concern as the texts students are asked to read become increasingly complex with unique linguistic and cognitive features that are not necessarily shared across disciplines.