Bayero University Kano, Nigeria
The study examines predictors of parental involvement in the education of the early adolescent children in senior secondary schools in Kano, Nigeria. The predictor variables comprise of gender, career pathway, school type, academic self—efficacy and vocational outcome expectation with parental educational involvement as the dependent variable. The study used a sample of 502 drawn through stratified random sampling technique from 28 randomly selected secondary schools in three metropolitan educational zones. Data was collected using an adopted and modified parental involvement scale that measures perceptions about the parental involvement in academic life of a child.Data was analysed with SPSS version 20 using descriptive statistics and Multiple Regression Analysis (MRA). The findings revealed that gender; career pathway, school type and vocational outcome expectation were the predictors of parental educational involvement.It was also found that parental involvement is higher in girl child education, among students in private school and science based students.The study provides a ground for new policy initiatives to connect guidance with major public policy to enhance educational efficiency and outcome for all young people. The study also recommends that school administrators’ should improve parental involvement by bridging the gap between home and school.
Gender, career pathway, school type, academic self—efficacy, vocational outcome expectation, parental involvement and adolescent.