Beyond hovering: A conceptual argument for an inclusive model of family engagement in higher education

Judy Marquez Kiyama, Casandra E. Harper

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Abstract

Persistently negative stereotypes of college students’ parents are biased toward parents from privileged backgrounds and reflect privileged practices that operate from a color-blind and class-blind ideology. This scholarly paper argues for a conceptual shift from parent involvement to family engagement, establishes the need for a more inclusive lens to engage diverse families, and situates the family as a larger collective. We propose a “Model of Parent and Family Characteristics, Engagement, & Support” that contains a more inclusive understanding of the pre-college and college contributions that students’ families offer and the broader community and institutional contexts in which they are situated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-385
Number of pages21
JournalReview of Higher Education
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Family engagement
  • Helicopter parents
  • Parent involvement
  • Student success

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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