Dads key to kids’ aca­demic suc­cess

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

DADS who ask about the school day or talk to teach­ers could be the se­cret to boost­ing a child’s ed­u­ca­tion dreams and con­fi­dence.

Soon to be pub­lished re­search look­ing at a decade of data from Aus­tralian kids has in­ves­ti­gated how par­ent en­gage­ment in ed­u­ca­tion can swing a child’s ex­pec­ta­tions and self- ef­fi­cacy. Re­searchers from the Univer­sity of Queens­land found the fa­ther fig­ure had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact.

The study of chil­dren aged 12- 15 asked about how in­ter­ested in their ed­u­ca­tion they thought their par­ents were and what they ex­pected to achieve.

A fa­ther who was per­ceived as show­ing a strong in­ter­est dou­bled the odds of his child ex­pect­ing to gain ter­tiary qual­i­fi­ca­tions. Whether the mother showed in­ter­est had no ef­fect.

Co au­thors of the pa­per Dr Jenny Povey and Alice Camp­bell said the re­search was aimed at find­ing ways to change ed­u­ca­tional out­comes and break new ground by look­ing at the fa­ther’s role.

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