Parents’ epistemological beliefs to children's early numeracy abilities: Pathways through parents’ home practices and children's numeracy interest

Sum Kwing CHEUNG, Lok Yin Joyce KWAN, Zhi Yu LI, Yau Yu CHAN, Kam Tai KWAN

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlespeer-review

Abstract

Many existing home numeracy models focus only on the roles of home activities in children's numeracy abilities. Parents’ beliefs, teaching strategies, and children's numeracy interest are seldom considered. As such, this study investigated the relations between parents’ epistemological beliefs about mathematics, how often children engaged with numeracy activities at home, parents’ use of indirect teaching strategies, children's early interest and ability in numeracy. Three hundred twenty-seven Hong Kong kindergarteners and their parents participated in the study. After controlling for the children's gender, age, non-verbal intelligence and language abilities, results showed that parents’ dynamic beliefs about the nature of mathematics were associated with their use of indirect teaching strategies. The frequency of home numeracy activities and parents’ use of indirect teaching strategies were linked with children's numeracy abilities through numeracy interest. Our findings demonstrate the importance of helping parents to appreciate the dynamic nature of mathematics, and of coaching parents how to guide children's numeracy learning. Copyright © 2023 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-22
JournalEarly Childhood Research Quarterly
Volume65
Early online dateMay 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023

Citation

Cheung, S. K., Kwan, J. L. Y., Li, Z. Y., Chan, Y. Y., & Kwan, K. T. (2023). Parents’ epistemological beliefs to children's early numeracy abilities: Pathways through parents’ home practices and children's numeracy interest. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 65, 13-22. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2023.05.005

Keywords

  • Epistemological beliefs
  • Home numeracy activities
  • Teaching strategies
  • Numeracy interest
  • Numeracy abilities
  • Parents

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Parents’ epistemological beliefs to children's early numeracy abilities: Pathways through parents’ home practices and children's numeracy interest'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.