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ERIC Number: EJ860781
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1595
Parents Learning Mathematics: For Their Children, from Their Children, with Their Children
Ginsburg, Lynda; Rashid, Hanin; English-Clarke, Traci
Adult Learning, v19 n3-4 p21-26 Sum-Fall 2008
In seeking to understand how parent/child homework activity may provide a learning opportunity for parents as well as for children, the authors examined three bodies of literature: (1) research on parent involvement in homework; (2) research on parent reengagement with mathematics learning; and (3) research on the nature of parent/child math talk during mathematics activities. As part of a larger study, the authors interviewed over 50 parents of children in second through fifth grades at public schools in northeastern urban areas to learn how they are managing with the reform mathematics homework their children bring home. Virtually all parents voiced their concern for their children's learning and feelings of responsibility towards helping their children with homework. As the authors examined the interview data, they began to see that mathematics homework set in motion learning opportunities for the parents. This article presents the parents' perspectives about this work and their comments about how and why they are learning mathematics. The authors suggest ways numeracy educators can use a parent's desire to support their children's learning, in combination with the children's school materials, as resources for building numeracy skills in adults.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Education; Grade 5
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Language: English
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