The theory of planned behaviour as a framework for understanding parental experiences with homework

Sharon A. McGregor, Monja A. Knoll

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Research into parental homework-related experiences has predominantly focused on parental attitudes to homework. This research has shown that parental attitudes can affect the formation of attitudes in children and subsequently their academic success. Most research has focused on a secondary school context, but there is still a lack of knowledge within primary school contexts. The present study qualitatively investigated parental homework-related experiences in a Scottish primary school context and the factors influencing these experiences, using the Theory of Planned Behaviour as a framework. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 13 Scottish parents (12 mothers, mean age [M] = 35, standard deviation [SD] = 2.7; and one father, age = 38 years) and were analysed using a hybrid approach to Thematic Analysis. The three themes identified were: “theory of planned behaviour”, “factors influencing parental control” and “coping mechanisms”. Parents provided help with homework regardless of their attitude to homework but their homework experience was influenced by factors encountered during homework and the coping mechanisms adopted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-353
Number of pages20
JournalEducational Psychology in Practice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2015


  • homework
  • coping
  • parental involvement
  • Theory of Planned Behaviour
  • qualitative research


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