Social Psychology of Education

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 347–360 | Cite as

Past in the present: the way parents remember their own school years relates to the way they participate in their child’s schooling and remember his/her school years

  • Hannu RätyEmail author


This study set out to explore the contribution of parents’ own school memories to the way they remembered their child’s school years and took part in his/her schooling. The respondents were a group of academically and vocationally educated fathers and mothers (N =  326), who participated in a full 9-year follow-up study of their child’s schooling. The parents’ own school memories were found to direct their recollection of their child’s school years in a selectively and evaluatively consistent way, especially among the fathers and the vocationally educated parents. For example, the parents with negative recollections tended to help their child to prepare for tests more frequently than parents with more positive recollections did. Parental school memories seem to function like a general educational attitude in that they relate widely to the parents’ perceptions and actions concerning their child’s schooling.


Parental school recollections Social and educational differences Parental satisfaction Follow-up study 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Education and PsychologyUniversity of Eastern FinlandJoensuuFinland

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