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ERIC Number: ED520334
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Parent Involvement in Science Learning. NSTA Position Statement
National Science Teachers Association (NJ1)
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) believes the involvement of parents and other caregivers in their children's learning is crucial to their children's interest in and ability to learn science. Research shows that when parents play an active role, their children achieve greater success as learners, regardless of socioeconomic status, ethnic/racial background, or the parents' own level of education (PTA 1999; Henderson and Mapp 2002; Pate and Andrews 2006). Furthermore, the more intensely parents are involved, the more confident and engaged their children are as learners and the more beneficial the effects on their achievement (Cotton and Wikelund 2001). Parents and other caregivers have a critical role to play in encouraging and supporting their children's science learning at home, in school, and throughout their community. Teachers also play an important role in this effort and can be valuable partners with parents in cultivating science learning confidence and skills in school-age youth. NSTA recognizes the importance of parent involvement in science learning and offers several recommendations to parents. These recommendations are presented in this paper. (Contains 2 resources.)
National Science Teachers Association. 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201-3000. Tel: 800-722-6782; Fax: 703-243-3924; e-mail: membership@nsta.org; Web site: http://www.nsta.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)