ERIC Number: ED455098
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
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The Role of Children When Mothers Return To Study Mathematics in the Further Education Sector: Benefits for Both.
It is well documented that children of middle-class parents generally do better at school than their working-class peers and despite increases in school retention rates in Australia, this remains the case. Social reproduction theories are often used to describe this phenomenon. Social reproduction theory assumes that a family's class position is generally fixed by early adulthood, based on the occupation and education and associated values and attitudes acquired by the parents-to-be. But what happens when social class becomes more fluid, and parents markedly raise their educational status after their children are born? Do the children inherit their old level of cultural capital or the new? Empirical studies in mathematics education demonstrate a large indirect relationship between home environment and mathematical achievement. These studies conclude that ways are needed to improve the home environment in such a way as to enhance the learning of mathematics because the benefits for children's mathematical achievements are potentially quite large. In this paper case studies of women with children who have returned to study mathematics in the further education sector are presented. Interview data from both the adult students and their children provide evidence of a synergistic relationship in the intellectual and personal development of women and their children. (Contains 21 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Family Environment, Foreign Countries, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Instruction, Parent Background, Parent Influence, Socioeconomic Influences
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Identifiers - Location: Australia