Parent Involvement and Its Influence on Children’s STEM Learning

A Review of the Research

Authored by: Julie Thomas , Juliana Utley , Soo-Young Hong , Hunkar Korkmaz , Gwen Nugent

Handbook of Research on STEM Education

Print publication date:  May  2020
Online publication date:  April  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367075606
eBook ISBN: 9780429021381
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429021381-30

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Abstract

Parent involvement is widely believed to influence students’ social emotional development and school achievement. This chapter presents a review of current research to define the international scope of knowledge about how parent involvement influences children’s STEM learning. Research findings are organized to describe (1) the academic advantages of parent involvement, (2) culture as a context for parent involvement, and (3) teacher/school perspectives on parent involvement. This chapter reveals the considerable research on parent involvement in science and mathematics, as juxtaposed with the limited international research on parent involvement in STEM, and recommended opportunities for future research.

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