ERIC Number: ED318575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Parental Helping Strategies and Children's Autonomous Learning Behaviors in the Classroom.
Aberbach, Amy J.; And Others
The impact of the home learning environment on children's autonomous learning behaviors (ALBs) was examined. The three key topics addressed were: (1) the relation of types of helping techniques used by mothers to their children's help-seeking and persistence behaviors in the classroom; (2) the relation of children's ALBs to gender; and (3) mothers' general beliefs regarding the importance of encouraging children's independence in solving schoolwork problems. Specific ALBs studied were telling, showing, hinting, and encouraging children to solve problems on their own. Subjects were 54 boys and 55 girls in the fourth grade, their teachers, and their mothers. The effect of gender was considered to be of particular interest. Findings indicated that the type of help a mother reports providing for her child does not appear to be important to children's ALBs, especially girls'. Telling a boy what a word means appears to relate negatively to boys' reading persistence, although the direction of the effect is not clear. Mothers' general beliefs about the importance of having children solve schoolwork problems on their own seems to relate positively to girls' ALBs. Mothers' belief in the importance of independent problem solving was associated with increases in the frequency of help-seeking behaviors among boys. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).