Measuring The Factors Involved In The Time Spent In Educational Childcare

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Maria-Angeles Medina
Gema Fernandez-Aviles


Children's Education, Undergraduate Education, Parental Socio-Educational Level, 2009-2010 Spanish Time Use Survey


Parents play an extremely important role in their childrens lives and a plethora of research indicates that parents involvement is significantly related to positive child outcomes: Boys who feel that their parents devote time, especially to talk to them about their worries, school work and social lives, almost all emerge as motivated and optimistic men. More specifically, parents involvement in childrens education at age 7 predicts higher educational attainment by age 20, in both boys and girls. Thus, parents involvement in children's education being considered a core factor for success in undergraduate education, in this paper we study the effect of parental socio-educational level on the time they spend in primary educational childcare (reading to children, teaching children, assistance with homework, attending meetings at a child's school, etc.). Given the low rate of success in the Spanish undergraduate education, we focus on the Spanish case. We focus on the Spanish case because we suspect that this factor can be one of the reasons for the low rate of success in the universities. Our study is based on the data provided by the Spanish Time Use Survey 2009-2010.


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