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ERIC Number: EJ1069728
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1918-5979
Athletics, Music, Languages, and Leadership: How Parents Influence the Extracurricular Activities of Their Children
Ashbourne, Dianne; Andres, Lesley
Canadian Journal of Education, v38 n2 2015
In this study, we explore the impact that parents have on the participation of their children in extracurricular activities (ECAs) in a sample of Canadian parents with children between the ages of four and 17. Employing a concurrent, nested, mixed methods strategy, we use the insights gained through semi-structured interviews with parents to inform the creation of four regression models with which we investigate four types of activities (athletics, music, languages, and leadership). Our findings reveal that, depending on the type of activity, ECA participation by children varies by parental education. Values and experiences held by parents with the lowest educational attainment were stronger predictors of participation in specialized music programs, and those of parents with advanced degrees were stronger predictors of participation by their children in specialized language programs. We conclude by discussing the equity implications of our study for Canadian children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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