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Longitudinal Study: LSAC
Title: Parental influences on primary school children's mathematics achievements: Insights from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children
Authors: MacDonald, A 
Carmichael, Colin 
Publication Date: 17-Jul-2014
Pages: 197-211
Keywords: Primary years
Parental involvement
Mathematics education
Abstract: Results from international mathematics tests are focussing the attention of national leaders on the learning of mathematics in the primary years. With this attention, comes the need to explore factors that contribute to and impede this learning. Though much of this focus is on classroom practices, it is timely to examine the important influence that parents have on their children's achievement. This paper reports on a secondary analysis of data from a large longitudinal study in Australia and in particular the effectiveness of Australian parents' involvement in their children's homework. Results suggest that actual help with homework has, on average, a negative effect on children's achievement even after controlling for earlier achievement. Significantly, however, other types of involvement such as the provision of a good home environment have positive effects on achievement. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Keywords: Education and Training -- Primary; Child Development; Children -- Outcomes
Research collection: Journal Articles
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