Why fathering matters and how you can positively impact your child’s education

Webinar: Why Fathering Matters with researcher Erin Erceg

The Fathering Project recognises fathers and father-figures play a vital role in children’s lives.

The evidence demonstrating fathers’ potential to positively influence their children’s health, social and emotional wellbeing and academic success is now indisputable, robust and compelling.

Join our lead researcher Erin Erceg as she shares some of this evidence with you to show just how much you matter to your children and can positively influence their lives – especially their education.

This webinar was recorded on Thursday 9 July.

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You might be surprised to know that:

  • A father’s involvement in a child’s education has a strong positive influence on their school grades, as well the child’s attitude to learning.
  • Children with fathers who have high parental consistency from the age of 4 to 12 years, perform better in reading and writing.
  • Fathers’ involvement in educational activities with their children is associated with improved overall educational outcomes for primary and secondary students.
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About our speaker Erin Erceg

Erin Erceg is currently the lead researcher for The Fathering Project, an Honorary Research Associate with Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia, and National Director of the Friendly Schools Project. Over the last 18 years, Erin has been a speaker, trainer and author in the areas of child and youth social and emotional wellbeing. During this time, her years in Child Health Promotion Research projects with Telethon Kids Institute, University of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University and Curtin University has provided a wealth of evidence-based content and experience. As one of the researchers, authors and the lead trainer for the Friendly Schools initiative Erin has been directly involved in research and education around social and emotional learning and bullying reduction in schools and has worked extensively with primary and secondary schools in both in Australia and overseas.

Other areas of research include; Capacity building for interventions in schools; Secondary school transition factors and bullying reduction; cyberbullying and its effects, and reducing the effects of bullying among Aboriginal children; children’s school connectedness factors and mental health, Building school capacity to engage parents and increase their connectedness to the whole school environment, and self-esteem and resilience of young people.

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