Biddle, A.M., Frazier, B.N., & Maynard, A.E. (in revision). Experimental evidence that parental beliefs about how children learn influence parental teaching strategies and children's learning.
In my master's thesis, I measured parental beliefs about learning using the Beliefs about Development Questionnaire (Martin & Johnson, 1992). Then, parents and their 4-year-old children engaged in 2 teaching tasks. In one task, the parents were instructed to teach their child verbally. In the other task, they were instructed to teach their child non-verbally. These teaching tasks were video-taped and coded for parental teaching behaviors. This work is currently being revised for publication. We have presented this work at national conferences (Jean Piaget Society, Cognitive Development Society) and are happy to talk about it.