Learning in Families
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The aim of this project is to provide greater understanding of learning in families, and to explore the potential of digital technologies to support this learning. We are interested in parents' learning, children's learning, and families learning together. The project is investigating both formal and informal activities. Learning in families has been claimed to have many benefits, and is also thought to hold potential for tackling social and educational inequalities and reducing social exclusion.
Project type and status
Completed research project
What is learning in families?
Learning in families encompasses a wide range of activities between parents, children and the extended family. Some examples of learning in families are: parents engaging with their children's learning, for example, helping them with their schoolwork or showing them how to fix a bike; adults learning from children, for example, how to programme the Sky Plus or to play the latest computer game; adults and children learning together, including playing sport or music, visiting a zoo or developing reading and writing skills together; adults learning in order to help children, for example, brushing up on maths skills to help children with their homework.
Learning in Families: A review of research evidence and the current landscape of Learning in Families with digital technologies (368kb pdf)
Learning in families with digital technologies: Policy recommendations (91kb pdf)
Learning in families poster (843kb pdf)