SMASH: An Inquiry-Based Approach to Parent Education in Math and Science

SMASH: An Inquiry-Based Approach to Parent Education in Math and Science

Maria Meletiou-Mavrotheris (European University Cyprus, Cyprus) and Efi Paparistodemou (Cyprus Ministry of Education, Cyprus)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0068-3.ch004
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Abstract

Acknowledging the central role of parents in children’s learning, the EU-funded project SMASH aims to raise the educational standards of European youth in mathematics and science by cultivating underlying home cultures as springboards for learning. The project consortium has developed, pilot tested, and delivered an innovative intercultural parent-trainer training course and related resources for professionals involved in parent education initiatives. Through the adoption of a blended learning approach that combines e-learning with physical meetings, the course equips these professionals with current knowledge, techniques, and implementation tools for the provision of high-quality, inquiry-based parent training in mathematics and science education. Individuals completing the course are trained to offer programs designed to educate parents of elementary and middle school children (ages 6-15) in how to best support their child’s mathematics and science learning at home using pedagogically sound strategies and technologies. Parents unable to attend parent-training sessions could still study independently using the project information base, which provides open access to the project’s outputs and resources.

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