The purpose of this phenomenological study was to understand the influences and events that led to the educational success of students from single parent families. Specifically, what are the participant’s beliefs regarding influences and events that helped make them successful students? Twelve educationally successful individuals that had grown up primarily with a single parent were interviewed. Participants were selected through purposeful convenience sampling. Data was collected using face-to-face interviews and a participant questionnaire. The information gathered within this study will enable single parents and educators to understand the needs of children living with a single parent and the actions that will help them become educationally successful. Five major themes emerged through this study that positively impact a student’s education. The five major themes included the expectations of the parents for their child’s education, education was discussed in the home, parents generally supported their child in extracurricular activities, there was a positive adult influence outside of the home, and participants were involved in extracurricular activities at school.
|Commitee:||Rosborg, Jim, Dixon, Amy, Hardt, Darrel|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Curriculum development, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||Academic, Child, Education, Parent, Single|
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