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Parental engagement with children’s learning: Parents’ social and cultural capital

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Dr Janet Goodall’s main areas of research are educational leadership and within that, she has a particular interest in parental engagement with children’s learning, and the relationship between this engagement and school leadership. There is a wide literature base around these subjects, but as recent studies show, the literature base lacks rigour and robustness.

Dr Goodall’s work has included issues such as the impact of parental religious belief on outcomes, school-home communication, school support for parental engagement and parental engagement to support maths resilience. She has recently given papers to practitioners on ‘narrowing the gap’ and will shortly publish a practitioner aimed paper around the concept of supporting parental engagement to raise achievement for disadvantaged pupils. This builds on a previous literature review for Save the Children.

She welcomes applications from students who are interested in this area. This project would involve the investigation and analysis of the effects of social and cultural capital on parents’ engagement with their children’s learning, with schooling and with schools.

This is just one example of the sort of project that might be available in this research group. The precise project will be decided upon in consultation with the supervisor

RESEARCH PROPOSAL - You must write your own research proposal on this topic. See our website at http://www.bath.ac.uk/study/pgresearch/courses/educ-mphi for further details.

Funding Notes

Dr Goodall will consider applications from those applicants who are happy to compete for University and Graduate School funding or obtain external funding. Funding is difficult to obtain and highly competitive. You are responsible for researching sources of funding early (in some cases up to 12 months in advance) and applying (in conjunction with your agreed supervisor) for as many as possible. For further details of Graduate School funding competitions see the webpage: View Website


Goodall, J. (2012). ‘Parental engagement to support children's learning: a six point model’. School Leadership & Management 33(2): 1-18.

Goodall, J. (2013). ‘Parental belief and parental engagement: how do they interact?’ Journal of Beliefs & Values 34(1): 87-99.

Goodall, J. and C. Montgomery (2013). ‘Parental involvement to parental engagement: a continuum.’ Educational Review(ahead-of-print): 1-12.

Goodall, J. and J. Vorhaus (2011). Review of best practice in parental engagement. London, Department of Education

Gorard, S., B. H. See and P. Davies (2012). ‘The impact of attitudes and aspirations on educational attainment and participation.’ York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/aspirations-educational-attainment-participation

Harris, A., K. Andrew- Power and J. Goodall (2009). Do Parents Know They Matter? Raising achievement through parental engagement. London, Continuum International Publishing Group.

Harris, A. and J. Goodall (2007). Engaging Parents in Raising Achievement. Do Parents Know They Matter?, Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Harris, A. and J. Goodall (2007). ‘Engaging parents in raising achievement: do parents know they matter?: a research project commissioned by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.’

Harris, A. and J. Goodall (2009). Helping Families Support Children’s Success at School. London, Save the Children.

See, B. H. and S. Gorard (2014). What do rigorous evaluations tell us about the most promising parental involvement interventions? A critical review of what works for disadvantaged children in different age groups, Nuffield Foundation.

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