Parental involvement and children’s mathematical outcomes

How values and communication relate to achievement and attitudes




parents, parental involvement, mathematics education, elementary education, values


Parental involvement is considered essential for children’s educational outcomes. Previous research has connected parental involvement to children’s mathematical achievement. However, it remains unclear how parental values and communication regarding education and academic achievement relate to children’s mathematical achievement and attitudes. The current study aims to fill this gap by building on an earlier project with quantitative data conducted twice, consisting of mathematical tests for children and surveys for children, parents, and teachers. Based on exploratory factor analyses and a theoretically constructed model, we conducted confirmatory factor analyses to establish a structural equation model. The results showed that children’s mathematical achievement and attitudes correlated with the parent’s educational values. In addition, the analyses revealed that the children’s mathematical outcomes were more strongly related to the parents’ values than to the parents’ communication with the children. Limitations of the study and implications for the importance of parents’ values and communication were discussed.

2024-06-17: Correction to Table 6 numerical errors in the statements of acceptable and good model fit.


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Fiskerstrand, A., Hannula, M. S., & Topphol, A. K. (2024). Parental involvement and children’s mathematical outcomes: How values and communication relate to achievement and attitudes. LUMAT: International Journal on Math, Science and Technology Education, 12(3), 6. (Original work published June 12, 2024)

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