How does parental attitude to mathematics affect the mathematical engagement of children?

Student, A. (2017) How does parental attitude to mathematics affect the mathematical engagement of children? Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

This case study considers the correlation between parental attitudes to
mathematics and the mathematical engagement of their children. It is set within
the context of an urban primary school on the south coast of England and
focuses on a class of year 1 children and their parents. Although observations
and school policy were utilised to create additional depth to the researcher’s
understanding of the setting, the primary research method was through
questionnaires issued in pairs to children and their parents. These were
completed and returned anonymously to increase the validity of responses
against participants responding as they thought the researcher would expect.
The key attitudinal areas considered were usefulness of mathematics,
enjoyment of mathematics and mathematical self-efficacy. Participants were
also asked to indicate gender to facilitate analysis of trends in responses on
this basis, in consideration of the current drive by the UK Government to
encourage females into science, technology, engineering and mathematics
(STEM) education and careers.
Overall, positive attitudes to at least one of the key areas investigated were
recorded by a high proportion of respondents. Some correlation between
parental and child attitudes was apparent. Additionally, an interrelationship
between the areas studied was also evident through analysis of the findings.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) Primary Teaching
Uncontrolled Keywords: maths, mathematics, STEM, teaching, primary teaching
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Divisions: Departments > Education
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Ruth Clark
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2018 16:24
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2018 16:24
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/3325

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