Parental engagement in children’s STEM education. Part II: Parental attitudes and motivation

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

Abstract

This mixed-methods case study examines parental motivation for participation in a Canadian university-based STEM outreach event. Parents responded to a post-event questionnaire that was followed by individual interviews. The quantitative part revealed how and why parents engaged with their children’s STEM education. Surprisingly, neither university admission requirements nor STEM-related job opportunities were top motivating factors. The qualitative part indicated that some parents found it challenging to connect their children’s learning experience in school with the government-mandated curriculum or with their own experiences. Most interviewees were satisfied with their children’s STEM education and considered family support crucial in this process.

Published
2018-05-05
How to Cite
Marotto, C., & Milner-Bolotin, M. (2018). Parental engagement in children’s STEM education. Part II: Parental attitudes and motivation. LUMAT: International Journal on Math, Science and Technology Education, 6(1), 60–86. https://doi.org/10.31129/LUMAT.6.1.293
Section
General Issue: Research Articles