The Dynamics of Family Structure and Its Impact on Educational Achievement

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Title: The Dynamics of Family Structure and its impact on Educational Achievement A Paper Presented in partial Fulfillment Of the Requirements of HS817 Social Systems April 16, 2007 Abstract This paper will examine the effects of family structure and its influence on educational achievement. The link between family structure and educational achievement suggests that children living in nuclear families are more successful academically. Research has consistently shown that family structure can facilitate or limit the ways in which parents are able to positively influence the future educational outcomes of their children. Family influences on children’s educational achievement are evident throughout literature; it has been…show more content…
Bureau of the Census). Family structure from a systems theory approach is evident when applying the chaos theory perspective. In the last decade the face of family has dramatically changed. Chaos theory describes the lack of order within systems yet the systems operate within the context of the governing order. Chaos within the family structure is not only indicative but necessary for change. Chaos within the family structure should not be viewed as a disruption but seen as an opportunity to expand the unit without depleting the structure of its resources. Change is unavoidable and necessary, as change relates to family structure there are factors that deem it necessary for to change occur. Family/Parental Involvement Impact on Education According to the systems theory approach family structure is seen as either cause or effect. Families play an important role in helping to prepare their children for school. School readiness begins early in a childhood and includes engaging children in cognitive activities and providing an environment that promotes appropriate social skills and physical development (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2003). Families who choose to be actively involved in their child’s educational experience provide them with valuable developmental experiences that familiarize their children with the expectations and responsibilities of the school system (U.S. Department of Education, 1999).
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