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Positive parental view multiplies probability of further maths study
Kim Arlington
April 23, 2012

WHEN it comes to keeping students interested in maths, the attitudes of their parents are a key part of the equation.

Investigating factors that predicted whether students would switch on or off to maths, University of Sydney researchers found that mothers and fathers influenced their children - but in different ways.

''The father's interest in maths played a larger role in predicting whether students would continue in mathematics further down the track,'' said chief researcher Janette Bobis, an associate professor of mathematics education in the university's faculty of education and social work.

''The mother's interest in mathematics seemed to be influencing a child's level of disengagement.

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/nat...maths-study-20120422-1xf3h.html#ixzz1solFZhEE

This article raises the issue of the importance of parental influence in the way that children respond to studying mathematics. What do you think about the arguments being made?
 
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