ERIC Number: ED429821
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar-29
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Influence of Culture and Home Environment on Science Learning.
Giddings, Geoff J.
This paper has the potential for identifying and codifying the home learning environment and parental factors in a unique multicultural setting within Australian schools, and for the establishment of research-based initiatives for more effective collaboration between schools and parents. The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) revealed that home environment factors were thought to be strongly related to mathematics and science achievement in every TIMSS country. This result, in conjunction with Australian students coming from home environments and communities with widely different cultural practices, provides the basis for this recent study. The study combined qualitative (interview and case study techniques) and quantitative (questionnaire and Likert-type instruments) methods. Results indicate that when students found that the manner in which things were learned at home clashed with their school-based learning experiences, they found their school a somewhat confusing experience. Secondly, students who revealed that they had a high respect for authority saw their preferred classroom environment as being one which is characterized by higher affiliation, teacher support, and order/organization compared to those who had a lower respect for authority. The outcomes of this research relate specifically to each of the key stakeholder groups--students, teachers and parents. Sensitive quantitative and qualitative data collected on how students and their parents perceive the learning environments at home and at school can be an essential base for the development of any innovative framework of new strategies and structures to be implemented by teachers and parents. (Contains 36 references.) (CCM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study