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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.

International Women’s Day Podcast: Gender inequalities in work and care

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8th March 2021

Leeds University Business School

Professor Jennifer Tomlinson (University of Leeds) speaks to Helen about her research on what enables or hinders fathers’ childcare involvement, and how ways of working and caring in a child’s pre-school years sets up a pattern of caregiving that persists as the child grows older. Helen reflects on her earlier research and introduces this new project on father involvement and children’s education.

For more details, see here.

Listen to the podcast here.

Paternal Childcare Involvement and its Effects on Children’s Primary School Education

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28th May 2021

Centre for Research on Families, Life Course and Generations (FLaG) – Work in Progress workshop, University of Leeds

Helen presented the project plans to FLaG members in a work in progress workshop chaired by Professor Sarah Irwin (one of the project’s advisory board members). Questions around the mechanisms behind fathers’ parenting as well as accounting for cultural factors and school context in our analysis were issues that were discussed.

Workshop slides here.