In an Unexpected Finding, Parents' Education Level Is Weak Predictor of Students' Learning Habits

A parent's level of education is often thought to be one of the strongest predictors of a student's future success in college, but a new study upends much of this received wisdom.

Parents' levels of education do not directly influence whether students demonstrate behaviors associated with deep learning, according to the study, "Exploring the Effect of Parental Education on College Students' Deep Approaches to Learning," by Amy K. Ribera, a research analyst for the Indiana University