The Effect of Parental Involvement on ESL Students’ Achievement and Classroom Behaviour

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The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
Involving parents in education is one of the most critical issues that directly impact the educational process in the UAE, which has recently witnessed a major education revolution in all trends. Teaching English as a second language (ESL) has always been the main focus of interest for all Emirati education policy-makers. The current research, therefore, casts light on the influence of parental involvement (PI) on students’ ESL learning achievement and classroom behaviour. Obstacles that hinder the effective involvement of parents in the Emirati school society are also explored with a view to paving the way for further research studies in the future. Implications for future classroom practice are explained in the light of the research findings. Observation, questionnaires and achievement tests are the research qualitative and quantitative data collection tools. The study includes 78 male participants who are randomly selected among seventh graders on a mixed-ability group basis. Report cards are weekly sent to parents to involve them in their children’s education. A positive correlation is proved between the research dependent and independent variables. The results obtained are in line with many empirical studies. Finally, the research calls for the joint efforts of the school, family and community to bridge the home- school gap as PI is everybody’s responsibility. The research could be of a great help to Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) in its quest for education reform as a pioneering study in the UAE society.
parental Involvement, ESL students’ achievement, classroom behaviour, educational process, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Emirati education policy-makers, children’s education