Parental engagement in children’s STEM education. Part I: Meta-analysis of the literature

  • Marina Milner-Bolotin The University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Carlos C. F. Marotto The University of British Columbia, Canada
Keywords: formal STEM education, informal STEM education, parental engagement, STEM education, STEM outreach

Abstract

This paper presents a meta-analysis of the literature on parental engagement with children’s formal and informal science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Five recurrent themes have emerged from the literature review: The challenges of supporting parents with children’s STEM education; STEM education as a bridge between school and family; STEM education as a gateway for children’s future economic success; STEM education as a vehicle for promoting student communication skills; and, the role of hands-on inquiry-based activities in enhancing student engagement. We also outline some international informal STEM education initiatives, their scope, challenges and impact.

Published
2018-04-13
How to Cite
Milner-Bolotin, M., & Marotto, C. (2018). Parental engagement in children’s STEM education. Part I: Meta-analysis of the literature. LUMAT: International Journal on Math, Science and Technology Education, 6(1), 41–59. https://doi.org/10.31129/LUMAT.6.1.292
Section
General Issue: Research Articles