Impact of Parental Involvement in the Academic Performance of 4th Year Nursing Students Sy 2010-2011

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Background of the Study
“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. – Albert Einstein” This quotation said by Einstein states that, our education does not reflect how expensive our tuition fees are or how high tech our schools either. It is the capacity of an individual with a well-functioning mind to apply the concepts and principles that he/she was taught and to be learned (the ability to perform new behavior). Even before kids enter school, young children learn to walk, to talk, and to use their hands to manipulate toys, food, and other objects. They use all of their senses to learn about the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells in their environments. They learn how to interact with their parents, siblings, friends, and other people important to their world. When they enter school, children learn basic academic subjects such as reading, writing, and mathematics. They also continue to learn a great deal outside the classroom. They learn which behaviors are likely to be rewarded and which are likely to be punished. They learn social skills for interacting with other children. After they finish school, people must learn to adapt to the many major changes that affect their lives, such as getting married, raising children, and finding and keeping a job.

Academic performance refers to how students deal with their studies and how they cope with or accomplish different tasks given to them by their teachers. It is the ability to study and remember facts and the capability to communicate acquired knowledge verbally or down on paper.Academic performance generally refers to how well a student is accomplishing his or her tasks and studies, but there are quite a number of factors that determine the level and quality of students' academic performance. Basically, academic performance still depends on the student on how he/she motivates himself/herself into learning. Besides, there is a lot of contributing factors that affects the student’s academic performance. In this study, we present some of the factors that can contribute to one’s performance, generally speaking, we emphasize on the parental involvement in the academic performance of 3rd year nursing students of Lorma Colleges. Parental involvement has been shown to be an important variable that positively influences student’s education. It includes a wide range of behaviors but generally refers to parent’s and family members’ use and investment of resources in their children’s schooling. These investments can take place in or outside of school, with the intention of improving children’s learning. More and more schools are observing the importance and are encouraging families to become more involved. Because of this recent trend, the researchers are interested in understanding what is meant by parental involvement and in what ways it has an influence on student’s education. As we know, there are really differences among the students, especially the college ones in terms of the presence of their parents. Some students live with their parents in their homes, and some live alone in boarding houses and apartments. Thus, there are also possible differences in the level of their parent’s involvement to academic performances. Therefore, in this study, the researchers figures out how this and other variables or factors could affect the parental involvement and the student’s academic performance. In addition to that, the purpose of our study is to identify which from among the presented factors has a significant impact towards academic performance and for parents to have solid evidence on how their presence or absence affects the academic performance of their children in both negative aand positive ways.

Theoretical Framework
This study on the parental involvement and academic performance of 3rd year nursing students of Lorma colleges S.Y 2010-2011 will be supported...
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