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ERIC Number: EJ1181303
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
How Important Is It to My Parents? Transmission of STEM Academic Values: The Role of Parents' Values and Practices and Children's Perceptions of Parental Influences
Šimunovic, Mara; Reic Ercegovac, Ina; Burušic, Josip
International Journal of Science Education, v40 n9 p977-995 2018
The success of science education in classroom and out-of-school settings can be influenced by parents' behaviours and STEM-related values. The present study investigated pathways in parent-to-child transmission of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) values by examining at same time parents' values and behaviours, along with their children's perceptions of these parental influences. The study included 1071 students (M[subscript age] = 12.15) and the same number of their parents. Path analysis revealed that children's importance value of the STEM school fields was best explained by their perceptions of parental values and behaviours in STEM. On the other hand, parents' self-reported values and behaviours had a weak effect in predicting children's values, which can be explained by inaccurate children's perceptions of their parents. The results suggest that parents more easily convey beliefs about the utility than the attainment value of STEM. Namely, parents' utility value had a larger effect in predicting children's value, partly mediated through children's perception of parents' encouragement of STEM interests. The study highlights the role of children's perceptions of their parents' beliefs and behaviours and the importance of communicating STEM-related values within the family. Practical implications for parents and science educators are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Croatia