European Journal of Psychology of Education

, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 387–398 | Cite as

Parents’ own school recollections influence their perception of the functioning of their child’s school

  • Hannu Räty


This follow-up study set out to examine whether parents’ recollections of their own school would predict their degree of satisfaction with the functioning of their child’s school. A group of academically educated and vocationally educated parents with a child in preschool (N=391) were asked to think back to their primary school days and evaluate their school; these parents were then asked to indicate their satisfaction with the functioning of their child’s school once the child had reached the first, the third and the fifth grade. The parents’ recollections were found to influence their degree of satisfaction: among the academically educated respondents, the parents with relatively positive recollections showed higher levels of satisfaction than the parents with relatively negative recollections did; and among the vocationally educated respondents, the mothers with relatively positive recollections indicated higher levels of satisfaction than the mothers with relatively negative recollections did. It was suggested that parents’ recollections may be seen as an experience-based component of their general attitude towards education.

Key words

Educational attitudes Gender and educational differences Parental satisfaction School recollections 


Cette étude longitudinale se propose d’examiner si les souvenirs d’école des parents peuvent déterminer leur niveau de satisfaction quant au fonctionnement de l’école de leur enfant. On a demandé à un groupe de parents avec une éducation universitaire ou professionnelle ayant un enfant au cours préparatoire (CP) (N=391) de se souvenir de leur temps à l’école primaire et d’évaluer leur école; on leur a ensuite demandé d’indiquer leur niveau de satisfaction quant au fonctionnement de l’école de leur enfant une fois que l’enfant a atteint le CP (lère), le CE2 (3ème) puis le CM2 (5ème). Il est apparu que les souvenirs des parents influencent leur degré de satisfaction. En ce qui concerne les parents ayant une éducation universitaire, ceux dont les souvenirs d’école sont positifs montrent une satisfaction plus grande que les parents dont les souvenirs sont négatifs. En ce qui concerne les parents ayant une éducation professionnelle, les mères dont les souvenirs d’école sont positifs indiquent un niveau de satisfaction supérieur aux mères dont les souvenirs sont négatifs. Cela suggère que les souvenirs d’école des parents peuvent être considérés comme un composant essentiel de leur attitude envers l’éducation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hannu Räty
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of JoensuuJoensuuFinland

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