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Conversations on Care: Fathers and Care – influences and implications

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WiSE Centre for Economic Justice – ‘Conversations on Care’ lecture series, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland

8th December 2022

Fathers are more involved in childcare and domestic work compared to previous generations but they still do much less than mothers. In this talk, Helen reflects on the gendered division of care, the barriers to father’s childcare involvement and the implications that this has on their children’s development.

Helen with Dr Nina Teasdale, Postdoctoral Fellow at WiSE

Time with Dad: Involving Fathers in the Home Learning Environment

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Fatherhood Institute (FI) online event, 7 October 2022

There were three presentations at this event:

Helen Norman – Does father involvement affect children’s educatonal attainment (PIECE project findings).

Adrienne Burgess – Head of Research at the FI – ‘What has lockdown done for father/child relationships?’

Jeszemma Howl – Head of Training at the FI – Can ten minutes matter? How a reading at home programme (Fathers Reading Every Day) impacts on father-child relationships.

You can watch a recording of the FI event and listen to all the presentations here

You can also read more about the FI work with Family Hubs: 

Using longitudinal data to explore how fathers’ involvement affects children’s educational outcomes

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Fathers and Longitudinal Research Panel – Timescapes 10 Festival, 14 September 2022 (online)

Chaired by Professor Anna Tarrant, University of Lincoln

Helen presented a paper that discussed how the use of longitudinal data in the PIECE project allowed her to explore individual trajectories and levels of change in relation to fathers’ involvement, and the impact this has on children’s educational achievements through primary school.

In this presentation, she reflected on the first stage of data analysis that focused on exploring the relationship between fathers’ childcare involvement and educational attainment at one time point, when children are age five. She then reflected on the second stage of analysis, which introduced longitudinal data to account for fathers’ pre-school involvement. This second stage added further nuance and insight to the findings, which show that paternal involvement does has a unique and important effect on attainment at school. She also reflected on some of the qualitative work for the project, which involved bringing in the voices of fathers to enhance understandings of the long-term relationship between paternal care and attainment at school.

She was also joined by Professor Tina Miller and Dr Georgia Phillip.

The Timescapes 10 Festival is a major celebration of advances in qualitative longitudinal methods through a mixture of international symposia, panel sessions, video provocations, sandpits, and demonstrator events. Jointly run through the Timescapes Archive and the National Centre for Research Methods, the Timescapes 10 Festival celebrates ten years since the conclusion of the original Timescapes programme of research. See here for more details about Timescapes 10.



Do fathers affect children’s progression in primary school?

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UK Research and Innovation – Staff Parenting Network, 13 September 2022 (online)

Abstract: In this talk, Helen Norman introduces the PIECE project, which explores whether, and in what ways, fathers’ engagement in structured activities at home (like playing, reading, drawing, painting, and doing musical activities), as well as the time fathers spend with their children more generally, influences their children’s educational attainment at primary school. Through the analysis of a large-scale national survey, results show that fathers do have a unique and positive impact on their children’s academic achievements in the early stages of school. However, there continue to be barriers to fathers’ home and school engagement, which suggests that more needs to be done to support dads to engage because of the benefits this has on early attainment at school.


Does fathers’ childcare involvement affect children’s educational attainment in the first year of primary school in England?

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British Sociological Association conference (online)

Conference presentation – 21st April 2022

Helen and Rose presented the initial findings from their analysis exploring the association between paternal and maternal involvement, and attainment in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile at age five.

For further details about the conference, see here

What Influences Paternal Childcare Involvement From Nine Months To Eleven Years Post Birth In The UK?

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European Sociological Association Conference (online)

Conference presentation – 2nd September 2021

Helen presented a paper that shows how our measures of paternal childcare engagement were derived using survey data from the Millennium Cohort Study. We use these measures to explore what influences paternal engagement from nine months to eleven years post-birth. The presentation reflects on some of the first findings from this analysis.

We will use these measures in our forthcoming analysis to explore how they might affect children’s educational outcomes.

You can download the presentation slides here.