A telephone survey investigated the level of father involvement in primary schools in a regional area of New South Wales. Hypotheses tested were: (a) that the level of mother involvement is higher than that of fathers, and (b) that fathers are primarily involved in gender stereotypical activities. The survey also aimed to provide a benchmark for programs aimed at increasing the level of father involvement in primary schools. Out of a possible 52 public primary schools, 43 participated. The results confirmed the hypotheses: principals estimated that only one-fifth of volunteers at the schools were male, and sports, outdoor activities and security were the preferred areas of involvement.
Australian Journal of Education Vol. 50, Issue 1, p. 29-39