Conference Publication Details
Mandatory Fields
Maja Haals-Brosnan, Emma O'Brien and Leah O'Toole
National Early Years Research Day Proceedings, 63.
Supporting children’s home learning environment through partnerships with parents–findings from a national study
Optional Fields
Early Childhood Ireland
This article is part of a larger research project conducted for the National Parents Council and commissioned by the NCCA, on parental involvement and engagement in their children’s learning during the primary school years. The overall research consisted of two phases: Part 1, a literature review (O’Toole et al., 2019)1 , and Part 2, a case study of five schools across Ireland (Kiely et al., 2019). Here the conceptual material identified through the literature review in Part 1 will be presented. Conceptualisations of parental involvement and home learning environments, and how these can be strengthened through partnerships between educational settings and parents, including junior primary schools and early childhood settings will be discussed. In recent years, there has been increasing recognition that the most powerful aspects of parents’ involvement in their children’s education may take place outside of the formal education system (Brooker, 2015). Experiences at home, resources, home routines and other aspects of the home environment can significantly impact on a child’s experience of education (Dockett et al., 2012). Home-based involvement includes any activities parents implement in the home that reinforce school-based learning (Benner & Sadler 2016). The literature review uncovered the significant importance of the home learning environment in children’s educational experiences and achievements and presented important evidence on how educators can approach parental involvement more inclusively. Implications for partnerships with parents in ECEC settings will be considered and key recommendations will be outlined and discussed.
National Parents Council / National Council for Curriculum and Assessment
Grant Details
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA)