Education indeed is a very important aspect in an individual’s life. In a personal quest for enhancing and developing oneself in general so as his or her innate talents will actually determine the possibilities of the future of the said individual whereas it will actually reflect whether that individual will indeed be successful or fail in his or her own path in life. The education that is said to be relevant is the one where the individual will actually gain experience, basic and practical knowledge and will train and develop the innate qualities and characteristics of an individual’s personality.
The basic elements and characteristics of the concept of education in the society is the one wherein the whole process is governed and being guided by a certain individual tasked to be the teacher. Since the whole process itself of education is very complicated and intricate in its nature of guiding the one learning, the teacher’s actions and personal concept on the matter is very much relevant to the whole concept. From this, the possibilities of the outcome of the educational process will be generally based on the actions and perception of the teacher and how he or she will facilitates the whole learning environment.
The very basic methodology of the teacher that is being applied in the learning process is very much significant to the attainment of positive results mainly on the part of the students. Through the questioning procedures being applied by the teacher, he or she can actually encourage the student’s interest on the learning process thus, also engaging the student’s thinking and logical abilities on the activity. In addition, the application of effective questioning methodology can also encourage the students in a reasoning debate with their teachers and fellow students in their class thus developing their sense of reasoning and probing their own opinion.
Involve in this concept also is the positive development of personal characteristics and perspective of the students by comparing their own thinking to the others thus evolving their convincing and descriptive skills and also their listening and correlating abilities. Thus, the use of effective questioning methodology of the teacher can create a harmonious classroom environment where students can share and acquire different opinions and ideas.
Through the employment of the concept of a good and harmonious educational environment, students can further develop and hasten their own personal characteristics while they themselves are involve in the learning process. Students will be able to develop their communication skills with their fellow students in exchanging and sharing their personal opinions. In addition, student enthusiasm and participation can be actively encouraged through developing good learning environment. Because of this concept, teacher’s application of his or her own effective questioning methodology is very much significant because this will actually promote the positive environment in the educational group and organization.
Another benefit of employing effective questioning in the learning process is its significance in the communication aspect on the part of the teacher and the student. Exchanging opinions and comments between the two parties is also relevant to the development of the teaching methodology on the part of the teacher and the inquisitions of the student regarding the education. By employing effective questioning methodology, teachers can promote an educational environment wherein students can also raise feedbacks and suggestions to the teaching style and methodology of the teacher thus improving the adequacy of the instructional methodology of the teacher.
Thus, employing an efficient and positive questioning methodology is indeed significant to the learning process of the student and the development of the teaching style and application on the part of the teacher. In addition, employing efficient questioning tactics and methodology can also promote development of a good and harmonious communication environment that can inspire exchange of ideas and opinions from among the students and between them and the teacher.
With this, learning will significantly progress on the part of the students while evolving their own personal characteristics in correlating and communicating with others. Because of these reasons, indeed applying an effective questioning methodology is important in achieving positive results in the learning development of the students and their teacher.
What Parents Could Do
Parent’s involvement and participation to their child’s learning development has been proven to have positive results. It appears that the simple encouragement and appreciation that parents have toward their child’s accomplishment and academic and scholarly activities will help the child’s esteem and positive perceptions toward his or her academe. This idea is also supported by study conducted by Bornholt and Goodnow (1999) about the relationship of parental expectations and adolescent disclosure to the academic competence of students.
Accordingly, they concluded that: “Adolescent self-disclosure to parents suggested an important addition to the model of family influences on the adolescents ‘sense of academic achievement” (Bornholt and Goodnow, 1999). This conclusion agrees with that of the journal article written by McGrath and Repetti (2000) but the center of the article is about the difference of influence by the mother and the father regarding the academic competence of the child. Thus, the statistical study presented in the journal article is about the differences between the mother’s and father’s attitudes toward their children’s academic performance.
According to the statistical research of McGrath and Repetti (2000), parent’s attitudes toward their children’s academic performance are gender-differentiated. That is, mothers are believed to be concerned about the performance of both their sons and daughters while fathers are more concerned about their son’s. In addition, mothers tend to set lower academic performance standard compare to that of the father’s making them more relentless about the academic performance of their children.
Using methodology like conducting statistical survey and observing a random families and their educational institution, they determined the mean and significant differences between the mother’s and father’s involvement in their children’s academic performance. Also, they handed out questionnaires and performed interviews to determine the response of the parents regarding this psychological and sociological idea. Basing from their data, McGrath and Repetti (2000) found out that girls and boys perceived themselves to be more academically competent when their mothers reported greater satisfaction with their performance in school making their commendation and acknowledgement with their children’s accomplishments more significant to the children’s academic self-perception.
Though there is only little significant difference among the influence of the participation of the mother and the father regarding the academic performance and self-perception of the child, the effect itself and significance depends solely on what the child thinks about it and how he or she will respond to it. One reason why it appears that mother’s participation have great effect seems to reciprocate from the fact that mothers are more open and emotional close to the children compare to fathers. Thus, the child might rely more on the help and support of the mother because it is easier to gain or the child is more emotional attached to her thus desiring to please her more.
Other case where the father’s participation has more significant impact depends maybe on the situation itself like scenarios where the mother’s participation cannot be easily achieved or the child personally has more emotional connection with him than the mother might result to the said conclusion. Thus, the differences between the influence of the participation and satisfaction by the mother and the father with their child’s academic performance and to the child’s self-perception do not rouse much concern. Most important is that parent’s participation, interest and satisfaction to the child’s academic performance whether from the mother or the father are essential to the child’s emotional, and mental development and his or her self-esteem and perception.
Archived Information (October 1997). Family Involvement in Children’s Education. http://www.ed.gov/pubs/FamInvolve/execsumm.html. November 16, 2007.
Bornholt, L. J. and Goodnow, J. J. (1999). Cross-Generation Perceptions of Academic Competence: Parental Expectations and Adolescent Self-Disclosure. Journal of Adolescent Research. Sage Publications.
Cotton, Kathleen and Wikelund, Karen Reed (August 2001). Parent Involvement in Education. Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. http://www.nwrel.org/scpd/sirs/3/cu6.html. November 16, 2007.
McGrath, Emily P. and Rena L. Repetti (Dec 2000). Mother’s and Father’s Attitudes Toward Their Children’s Academic Performance and Children’s Perceptions of Their Academic Competence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. 29.6.
National Education Association (2006). Getting Involved in Your Child’s Education. http://www.nea.org/parents/index.html. November 16, 2007.