Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Research supports importance of father figures in children’s education

Tue Nov 06 17:43:00 GMT 2012

Researchers from the University of Bath have worked with local schools and families to assess how important father figures are in their children’s education and upbringing.

Dr Susan Milner from the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies and Dr Rita Chawla-Duggan from the Department of Education, interviewed fathers and their children, as well as teachers and staff, from schools and early years settings across the Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) district as part of the Fathers’ Friday initiative.

The scheme which took place this year was part of a Bath & North East Somerset council-led campaign celebrating and promoting fathers in children’s lives, following a number of previous successful events held at some schools in the region. Its aim was to invite fathers, and other male role models, to spend a day with their children at their primary schools, nurseries, pre-schools and children’s centres across the district to witness first-hand their children’s experiences and take a more ‘hands-on’ approach to their education.

The role of fathers in a child’s development has come to the forefront of research and policy in recent years. A father’s role is seen as particularly important because of concerns of the difficulties faced by some fathers in sustaining relationships with their children, with almost 20 per cent of fathers reporting that they feel left out of their upbringing.

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