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ERIC Number: EJ720913
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec-1
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0141-1926
Parents' Representations of their Children's Mathematics Learning in Multiethnic Primary Schools
De Abreu, Guida; Cline, Tony
British Educational Research Journal, v31 n6 p697-722 Dec 2005
There is a growing concern that governmental calls for parental involvement in children's school mathematics learning have not been underpinned by research. In this article the authors aim to offer a contribution to this debate. Links between children's home and school mathematical practices have been researched in sociocultural studies, but the origins of differences within the same cultural group are not well understood. The authors have explored the notion that parents' representations of school mathematics and associated practices at home may play a part in the development of these differences. This article reports an analysis of interviews with parents of 24 children of Pakistani and White origin enrolled in primary schools in England, including high and low achievers in school mathematics. The extent to which the parents represented their own school mathematics and their child's school mathematics as the "same" or "different" are examined. In addition, ways in which these representations influenced how they tried to support their children's learning of school mathematics are examined. The article concludes with reflections on the implications of the study for education policy. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)