THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PARENTS’ EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND AND CHILDREN’S’ PERFORMANCE IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Table of contents
1.1 Background of the study
1.2 Statement of the problem
1.3 Purpose of the study
1.4 Research Questions
1.5 Significance of the study
1.6 Limitation of the study
- Method of Investigation
- Population and sample
- Research Instrument
- Collection of Data
- Analysis of Data
- Analysis of Data and Discussion of Results
- Analysis of Data
- Discussion of Results
- Summary, Findings and Recommendations
This study is carried out to examine relationship of parents’ Educational Background and the Effect on their children’s performance in English Language. The study was divided into five chapters.
Chapter one deals with introduction of the study and highlighted the following: statement of the problem, significance of the study, Research Questions and purpose of the study.
Chapter Two is the Review of the literature which some educationists have written on issues relevant to the topic of this study.
Chapter three deals with methods and procedures used in Collection of Data.
Chapter Four deals with the analysis of the Data and Discussion of the Result obtained.
Chapter Five is the summary of the whole essay with the findings of the research and the investigators suggested recommendations. The researcher strongly believes that this study will meaningfully contribute a certain quota to the remobilization of problems caused to students’ performance in English Language as influenced by their parental educational status.
Finally, it will also create more avenues for further research in the same or related problem.
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- BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY
It is a common knowledge in this country to blame the poor academic performance of students on the teachers. The schools seen to be held wholly responsible because it is place to impart academic learning. In other words, it is the belief of the general public that the school or the teacher is the ‘alpha’ and ‘omega’ who could turn the children to academic genus.
While there has been a general falling or depression in standard of education and the rate of which students fail English Language at the Senior Secondary Schools in Nigeria, it has been equally observed that there is a wide discrepancy in the academic achievement and good grade in English Language of one student and another. Despite the fact that the students were taught by the same teacher in the same classroom and school environment, they still performed differently. This is probably because of individual differences such as family background, educational background of the parents, environment influences, genetic background and financial problem against which ability develops. Any or some of these factors can make or mar academic performance of the children. Many studies have been carried out on students’ performances in English Language when compared with other variables. Oladipo (1994) says that ‘the mass failure in English Language at the certification Examinations may be due to the fact that the parents of most students are either not educated at the or only have primary school education’
Without mincing words, it is quite dear that home is the first encounter of child with the outside world and it is the first social agent whose main objective is to develop the totality of the child; in other words, home, apart from its social role, should also develop the intellectual, physical and emotional aspect of the child.
Therefore, it is generally assumed that children from well – educated families are more encouraged in learning that the children from homes where their parents are not educated or are half – educated. According to Arogundade (1995) “… Those (children) from illiterate homes can somewhat be backward because they do not see beyond their Moses and those from literate homes are ridi in experience and better in outlook …”
- STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
Based on all these, it is the interest of the researcher to focus on the study of the relationship of the parents’ educational background to their children’s achievement in the Senior Secondary Schools and in English Language in particular. The research however, is tailored specifically towards the children’s performance in English Language this includes.
- Parental attitude to their children
- Medium of communication at home
- Issues of dialects.
- PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
The investigation is to find out the relationship of the parents’ educational background to their children’s achievement in English Language in some selected Senior Secondary Schools in Ikere local Government Area of Ekiti State. It will find out whether students from educated homes achieve better in English Language than those whose parents are not educated.
- RESEARCH QUESTIONS
- Are the performances of students in Ikere local government poor in English as speculated?
- Is the parents’ educational background significantly contributing to poor performance in English Language?
- Can the level of the achievement of a student be attributed to the parents?
- SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
As the topic of the project implies this study will enable the researcher to know the relationship of the parents’ achievement in English Language. It will be of good help to the educational administrators, parents and guardians will also benefit from the study because will enlighten them and help to correct their biases.
- LIMITATIONS OF THE STUDY
The irregularity in the school calendar in the country sets a limitation on the study.
There is also the problem of finance in carrying out the research.
Finally, the time within which the project must be completed also serves as a major limitation to how for the investigator could go in the process of research.
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