ERIC Number: EJ1082293
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
The Theory of Planned Behaviour as a Framework for Understanding Parental Experiences with Homework
McGregor, Sharon A.; Knoll, Monja A.
Educational Psychology in Practice, v31 n4 p335-353 2015
Research into parental homework-related experiences has predominantly focused on parental attitudes to homework. This research has shown that parental attitudes can affect the formation of attitudes in children and subsequently their academic success. Most research has focused on a secondary school context, but there is still a lack of knowledge within primary school contexts. The present study qualitatively investigated parental homework-related experiences in a Scottish primary school context and the factors influencing these experiences, using the Theory of Planned Behaviour as a framework. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 13 Scottish parents (12 mothers, mean age [M] = 35, standard deviation [SD] = 2.7; and one father, age = 38 years) and were analysed using a hybrid approach to Thematic Analysis. The three themes identified were: "theory of planned behaviour", "factors influencing parental control" and "coping mechanisms". Parents provided help with homework regardless of their attitude to homework but their homework experience was influenced by factors encountered during homework and the coping mechanisms adopted.
Descriptors: Behavior Theories, Parent Role, Homework, Parent Attitudes, Elementary School Students, Semi Structured Interviews, Classification, Power Structure, Coping, Helping Relationship, Foreign Countries, Qualitative Research, Attitude Measures, Family Structure, Individual Characteristics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)
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