The experiences of homeschooling parents with mathematics
University of Tasmania, Australia
Homeschooling, where parents take on the prime responsibility for their children's education, is a growing phenomenon in Australia. Homeschooling is different from distance education or the education at home that has taken place in the Covid-19 pandemic in that the parents make all the decisions about their children's education, including planning, implementation and assessment. This study examined the experiences of homeschooling parents in the field of mathematics and adds to the sparse literature in this area. The study investigated the parents' own experiences of mathematics at school, their confidence in their role as parents of learners of mathematics, and their beliefs about the nature of mathematics and its teaching. It was found that the parents were mixed in their views about the nature of mathematics and how mathematics should be taught, were confident in their role as the parent of mathematics learners, and had good knowledge of their children's mathematics learning.
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|Author: Dr Robyn Reaburn is a lecturer in Mathematics Education at the University of Tasmania. For her doctorate she investigated methods of teaching to improve students' understanding of inferential statistics. She takes particular interest in developing the knowledge and confidence of students in mathematics.|
Please cite as: Reaburn, R. (2021). The experiences of homeschooling parents with mathematics. Issues in Educational Research, 31(2), 606-625. http://www.iier.org.au/iier31/reaburn.pdf