ERC publishes report describing the home learning environment of students in Ireland

The Educational Research Centre (ERC) today launched a report describing the home learning environment of students in Ireland.  It reports data collected for TIMSS 2015 (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study), one of the world’s largest studies of educational achievement, based on the responses of about 9000 students in Fourth Class and Second Year who took part in TIMSS 2015 in Ireland, as well as their teachers and the parents of Fourth Class students.

The report examines different aspects of the home learning environment, attitudes towards education, and education-related practices at home, with international comparisons. Topics include:

  • Parents’ views of their child’s school.
  • Parents’ attitudes to mathematics and science.
  • Teachers’ reports of parental support for their child’s education.
  • The availability of books, educational resources, and technology at home.
  • Early literacy activities and early numeracy activities at home before children start school.
  • Teachers’ reports on difficulties in the classroom related to poor nutrition and lack of sleep among students.
  • Frequency and duration of homework.
  • Participation in shadow education (grinds) outside school in mathematics and science, and whether such additional classes are ‘to excel’ or ‘to keep up’.

It can be downloaded here.