The complexity of community and family influences on children's achievement in New Zealand: BES

by Fred Biddulph, Jeanne Biddulph and Chris Biddulph

The influences of families/ whānau and communities are identified as key levers for high quality outcomes for diverse children. Outcomes include both social and academic achievement. 

This best evidence synthesis focuses on children from early childhood through to the end of secondary schooling. It is based on a wide range of New Zealand data  – and cautiously informed by a number of overseas studies.

The findings are summarised in four categories:

  • family attributes
  • family processes
  • community factors
  • centre/school, family and community partnerships.

The findings are relatively complex. They endeavour to identify what applies to whom and in what circumstances.

View the report - Education Counts website.

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