Children 's Social Environment And Its Influences On Academic Achievement

840 Words Nov 25th, 2016 4 Pages
In today’s education systems, many educators and policymakers are aware that parents are a positive influence in their children’s academic development, therefore parent involvement is being used to lessen the gaps in achievement while helping their children reach their potential (Hill, N. (2009). In addition, studies have shown that a child’s educational accomplishment and cognitive development are the results of the child’s social environment. There have been a host of research on children’s social environment and its influences on academic achievement (Hill, 2009; Hall, 2007; Siraj and Mayo, 2014).
The proposed theory for this study is the Social Cognitive Theory (SCT) (Bandura, 1977). This theory suggests that people learn from their environment and social relationships. The theorist, Albert Bandura suggests that information that individuals learn from their social experiences has a lot to do with what they believe, how they accomplish their goals, what environment they choose, and how they behave (Hockenbury and Hockenbury, 2013). Furthermore, it is suggested that the more individuals realize the power of their influence in their life events, the more they can mold them to their liking and when individuals select and create environment supports to assist them to become what they want to become, it allows the individual to contribute to their life’s direction (Bandura, 1997).
Children can be motivated by their environment supports; therefore, teachers and parents…

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