This Policy Brief illustrates main findings of two European Centre’s studies on whether today’s parents have enough time for their children and/or provide sufficient support (for their children’s achievements in school) focusing on:
In spite of their coordination problems, Austria’s parents, in particular mothers, are trying to meet their children’s need for time spent together with them. Most children are satisfied with the amount of time their parents devote to them on weekdays. Approximately 1 out of 10 Austrian children aged 9 to 14, however, would like to spend more time with their parents.
The survey makes it clear that parents are more critical of themselves as far as the amount of time they have available for their children is concerned than the children themselves.
The least satisfied are children whose parents are under heavy job pressure, and those children whose parents work little and whose mothers report financial bottleneck situations. As a result, a “moderate” degree of gainful employment is most likely to meet the needs of children for time with their parents and is supposed to contribute to the economic security of the family as well as providing a well-balanced degree of control and freedom. The discrepancies between the answers given by the mothers and fathers and those given by their children point to the fact that adolescents do not need their parents‘ permanent presence, but do need parents who are available when needed.
The survey results show clearly that parents in Austria devote a significant amount of time to ”studying” with their kids, in particular, if their children attend primary schools. There have been critical discussions (also among experts) about the significance of this targeted support provided by the family for the child’s achievements in school: It is questioned whether (all) parents have enough competence for providing adequate help. The results of the survey carried out among parents prove that this question has worth asking: 27% of the mothers and 21% of the fathers felt that the academic topics were partly very difficult. 20% of the 9 to 14-year-olds answered that studying together with their parents was not very or not at all helpful.
Moreover, the authors are discussing empirical findings concerning the question on how much influence do families have on their children’s achievements in school. The Policy Brief is rounded off by conclusions and recommendations.
Annette Hexelschneider | alfa
Internet use in class tied to lower test scores
16.12.2016 | Michigan State University
Geographers provide new insight into commuter megaregions of the US
01.12.2016 | Dartmouth College
An important step towards a completely new experimental access to quantum physics has been made at University of Konstanz. The team of scientists headed by...
Yersiniae cause severe intestinal infections. Studies using Yersinia pseudotuberculosis as a model organism aim to elucidate the infection mechanisms of these...
Researchers from the University of Hamburg in Germany, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Aarhus in Denmark, have synthesized a new superconducting material by growing a few layers of an antiferromagnetic transition-metal chalcogenide on a bismuth-based topological insulator, both being non-superconducting materials.
While superconductivity and magnetism are generally believed to be mutually exclusive, surprisingly, in this new material, superconducting correlations...
Laser-driving of semimetals allows creating novel quasiparticle states within condensed matter systems and switching between different states on ultrafast time scales
Studying properties of fundamental particles in condensed matter systems is a promising approach to quantum field theory. Quasiparticles offer the opportunity...
Among the general public, solar thermal energy is currently associated with dark blue, rectangular collectors on building roofs. Technologies are needed for aesthetically high quality architecture which offer the architect more room for manoeuvre when it comes to low- and plus-energy buildings. With the “ArKol” project, researchers at Fraunhofer ISE together with partners are currently developing two façade collectors for solar thermal energy generation, which permit a high degree of design flexibility: a strip collector for opaque façade sections and a solar thermal blind for transparent sections. The current state of the two developments will be presented at the BAU 2017 trade fair.
As part of the “ArKol – development of architecturally highly integrated façade collectors with heat pipes” project, Fraunhofer ISE together with its partners...
19.01.2017 | Event News
10.01.2017 | Event News
09.01.2017 | Event News
20.01.2017 | Awards Funding
20.01.2017 | Materials Sciences
20.01.2017 | Life Sciences