Anshu Narad & Bilkees Abdullah
Lovely Professional University, Phagwara
Parental encouragement can nurture the hidden potentialities in children and lead to success in different walks of life. Academic performance is one of the important goals of education and has always been influenced by number of factors including parental encouragement and school environment. Keeping this in view a study was conducted to explore the parental encouragement and school environment of senior secondary school students and to analyze their relationship with academic performance of students. The study was descriptive survey in nature and simple random sampling technique was used for selection of the sample. The participants in the study included 300 senior secondary school girls (150 girls from each type of school i.e. co-education schools and girls’ schools, out of each school 30 girls). For analysis of data, parametric statistical techniques were used. The study revealed that senior secondary school girls studying in co- education schools and girls’ school had similar academic performance. Senior secondary school girls studying in girls schools had higher parental encouragement as compared to their counterparts in co-educational schools. Senior secondary schoolgirls studying in co-educational schools had higher permissiveness as compared to those studying in girls’ school, while those in girls’ school had higher control as compared to their counterparts in co-education schools. Significant positive relationship was found between academic performance of senior secondary school girls with parental encouragement and school environment.
Keywords: Academic Performance, Parental Encouragement, School Environment, Senior Secondary Schools