Parent-child mathematics affect as predictors of children's mathematics achievement

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Sari, Mehmet Hari and Hunt, Thomas 2020. Parent-child mathematics affect as predictors of children's mathematics achievement. International Online Journal of Primary Education.
AuthorsSari, Mehmet Hari and Hunt, Thomas
Abstract

The current study investigated the relationship between children’s and parents’ self-reported maths affect and children’s
maths achievement. Participants comprised 186 child-parent dyads in Turkey. Findings showed that maths affect in children
and their parents was unrelated. However, maths affect was a significant predictor of children’s maths achievement.
Importantly, this varied by grade. In grade three, child maths affect significantly predicted maths achievement, whereas
parent maths affect was unrelated to achievement. Conversely, in grade four, the opposite pattern emerged; parent maths
affect significantly predicted children’s maths achievement, whereas child maths affect was unrelated to achievement.
Furthermore, children’s maths achievement significantly varied according to parents’ level of education, whereby children
whose parents were educated to undergraduate level considerably outperformed those whose parents were educated only to
primary level. Parents with a lower educational status also reported significantly more difficulty in supporting their child’s
maths learning. These findings point towards the importance of parent maths affect, their level of education, and perceived
difficulty in supporting children, as predictors of children’s maths achievement. This is only the case in grade four, as maths
becomes more challenging and there is a greater emphasis on competitive assessment. As such, the home numeracy
environment and family maths tension should be addressed in preparation for children moving into grade four.

KeywordsMaths affect; Mathematics achievement; Parent; Primary school
Year2020
JournalInternational Online Journal of Primary Education
PublisherFinal International University
ISSN1300 – 915X
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/625105
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Publication dates30 Jun 2020
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Accepted13 Jun 2020
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ContributorsNevsehir Haci Bektas Veli University and University of Derby
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