Father Involvement, African Americans, and Reducing the Achievement Gap

  • William H. JeynesEmail author
Part of the Educating the Young Child book series (EDYC, volume 6)


This chapter addresses the reality of the achievement gap between African American and white students. Then, it examines how fostering higher levels of father involvement might be a way of significantly bridging that gap. This chapter traces how various groups embraced father involvement as a means to closing the gap and the extent to which the research supports this approach. The chapter then examines what are some of the means of enhancing father engagement, the programs in place with that aim, and how these facts can serve as a guide for further advancement in African American father involvement.


Father involvement Parental involvement Achievement gap Achievement Education African American 


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