Parental belief and parental engagement in children’s learning

J. Goodall, K. Ghent

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This article reports on a small scale study, examining the influence of
parental faith belief on parental engagement with children’s learning.
The literature surrounding parental engagement and the impact of familial
belief on children’s outcomes is examined. It is clear from work in
the US that familial faith belief has an impact; however, the previous literature
is almost entirely quantitative in nature and does not reflect the
faith make up of the UK. The article then reports the results of an online
survey of parents, examining parental perception of the impact of belief,
of faith/belief group and other issues on their engagement with their
children’s learning. Analysis of the results are presented, and contextualised
for the UK.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-352
JournalBritish Journal of Religious Education
Issue number3
Early online date18 Oct 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • parental engagement
  • faith group
  • parental religious belief

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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