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ERIC Number: ED562497
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
Understanding How Participation in Education Changes Mothers' Parenting Practices
Harding, Jessica F.; Morris, Pamela A.
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
This research explores whether low-income mothers' participation in education influences a constellation of different parenting practices that are related to young children's academic outcomes. Importantly, understanding whether maternal participation in education influences mothers' parenting practices can illuminate a pathway by which increases in maternal education may have long-lasting influence on children's academic outcomes. This analysis focused on families in the 3-year old cohort of the Head Start Impact Study (HSIS). Preliminary results indicated that increases in maternal education were associated with significant increases in the number of books and learning materials in the home. There were also trend level associations between participation in maternal education and fewer hours of TV watched per week as well as with more strongly endorsing the importance of early learning. This research provides preliminary evidence that participation in maternal education is related to parenting practices, particularly the quality of children's learning environments. Tables and figures are appended.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)