Mom, Dad, Help Please: The Home Environment’s Influences on a Child’s Math Ability

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Kerkhof, Nicole
math; parents; children; math anxiety; math talk; gender stereotypes; Early Childhood Education; Science and Mathematics Education
thesis / dissertation description
Recently, there has been a big surge of research and public interest in increasing the math capabilities and skills of American children. This paper serves as a literature review examining how the home environment, specifically parents, can help with that. This meta-analysis delves into the factors of maternal math talk, a parent’s own math anxiety, and the relationship between a parent and child in the context of a parent’s gender stereotypes and a parent’s perception on his or her child’s math abilities. Interventions, suggestions, and future implications are also discussed. This paper will hopefully bring needed awareness to parents about their roles in their child’s math development, abilities, and achievement.