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ERIC Number: EJ1046174
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
Family Game Nights
Kessinger, Stephanie
Teaching Children Mathematics, v21 n3 p146-152 Oct 2014
Research shows that children's home environment and their parents' expectations, aspirations, and beliefs can greatly affect their attitudes toward mathematics and level of achievement (Fan 2001; Sheldon and Epstein 2005). Furthermore, parental involvement at school can result in higher levels of student academic achievement (Lee and Bowen 2006). In fact, one study found a significant correlation between parental involvement in children's early years of educational development and their long-term achievement (Barnard 2004). Therefore, encouraging parental involvement can have beneficial results in the development of children's positive mathematical dispositions and, in turn, their academic achievement. Note, however, that some parental involvement can be detrimental to the aforementioned goals. Parents who lack the necessary content knowledge to properly assist children may supply incorrect information or strategies; other parents, wanting to ease their children's (and their own) level of frustration, may provide answers rather than scaffolding the children's processes. So, how can educators increase parental involvement while ensuring positive results? How can educators assist parents in beginning discourse with their children and effectively engaging with them at home? In this article, teacher leader Stephanie Kessinger describes how her school implements family game nights to achieve these goals. These schoolwide events attempt to increase parents' involvement, content knowledge, and ability to hold discourse. To assist their children accurately, certainly parents must have an understanding of the content knowledge. However, they also need the tools to talk to their children about math. School game nights supply the necessary tools and materials for parents to begin holding a positive discourse with their children. These evenings also offer parents a fun, stress-free environment in which to begin meaningful mathematical conversations with their children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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