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ERIC Number: EJ1156389
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Learning with Your Parents Has Long-Term Benefits
Eley, Alison
Primary Science, n143 p5-7 May 2016
Family learning means any learning that includes children and adult members of their family, and where there are outcomes for both child and adult. Learning activities may be formal or informal, and can take place in a range of contexts and venues. Good family learning experiences are characterised by well-planned programmes, with good or outstanding teaching. Not only will these lead to an improved culture of learning within the family, but they will also support parents with better behaviour management and communication with their children (Ofsted, 2009). The "Learning Science Together" project was developed by the author at Hampton Hill Junior School in Greater London. In this project, children came to school with a parent and they learned science together through problem solving and investigative activities. There were two different themes: (1) a kidnapping mystery in the spring term; and (2) a nature detective activity in the summer term. The children and the adults were asked to complete evaluations at the end. The findings showed that families were genuinely excited by what they were doing and wanted to solve the mystery or find out new things.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A