Both parental engagement and parental educational beliefs and expectations play critical roles in a child’s educational outcomes. A lack of education is associated with a range of antisocial behaviours, including delinquent activity, teenage pregnancy, unemployment and future dependency on social services. Keeping children engaged in education is therefore central to improving a range of symptoms generally associated with disadvantaged communities. This project will investigate the longitudinal effects of parental engagement and academic socialisation on learning outcomes.


Project team

  • Dr Jenny Povey (The University of Queensland)
  • Prof Michele Haynes (The University of Queensland)
  • Prof Mark Western (The University of Queensland)
  • Prof Janeen Baxter (The University of Queensland)
  • Ms Stephanie Cook (The University of Queensland)

Project details

Duration: February 2015–December 2017

Contact: Dr Jenny Povey (