Children’s Involvement in Supplementary Education: Monitoring and Value of Education on the Part of Parents



The paper explores parental attitudes towards additional education basing on the materials of 20 interviews with parents of schoolchildren. We analyse the ideas about the value and objectives of additional education among parents in the context of three types of children’s involvement in additional education — high, flickering and low. We then discuss parental practices of control over children's education and of maintaining children's motivation and compare their views on the problems solved by different areas of activities (foreign languages, sports and dance, visual arts, revising the curriculum with the help of tutors, computer knowledge).Also, we focus on the strategies of "maximal" and "optimal" filling of out-of-school educational space that is common among parents of children with high involvement in additional education. The paper concludes with reflections on the significance of the family in the organization of the child’s educational space since the parents and other members of the family are the primary initiators, organizers, actors responsible for the child’s educational space.

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Keywords: educational space of the child, additional education, family, child’s involvement in additional education

Journal rubric: Educational Psychology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Bochaver A.A., Verbilovich O.E., Pavlenko K.V., Polivanova K.N., Sivak E.V. Children’s Involvement in Supplementary Education: Monitoring and Value of Education on the Part of Parents. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2018. Vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 32–40. DOI: 10.17759/pse.2018230403. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Alexandra A. Bochaver, PhD in Psychology, Researcher, Center for Modern Childhood Studies, Institute of Education, National Research University “Higher School of Economics”, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Olga E. Verbilovich, PhD Student, School of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Kseniya V. Pavlenko, PhD in Sociology, Analyst, Centre for Modern Childhood Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Katerina N. Polivanova, Doctor of Psychology, Director of Contemporary Childhood Research Center, Institute of Education, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Professor at the Chair of Developmental Psychology by L.F. Obukhova, Department of Psychology of Education, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Elizaveta V. Sivak, Director of the Centre for Modern Childhood Studies of the Institute of Education, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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