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Rethinking Family-school Relations : A Critique of Parental involvement in Schooling - Maria Eulina de Carvalho

Rethinking Family-school Relations

A Critique of Parental involvement in Schooling

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2000
ISBN: 9780805834963
Number Of Pages: 176

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This book addresses the complications and implications of parental involvement as a policy, through an exploratory theoretical approach, including historical and sociological accounts and personal reflection. This approach represents the author's effort to understand the origins, meanings, and effects of parental involvement as a prerequisite of schooling and particularly as a policy 'solution' for low achievement and even inequity in the American educational system.
Most of the policy and research discourse on school-family relations exalts the partnership ideal, taking for granted its desirability and viability, the perspective of parents on specific involvement in instruction, and the conditions of diverse families in fulfilling their appointed role in the partnership. De Carvalho takes a distinct stance. She argues that the partnership-parental ideal neglects several major factors: It proclaims parental involvement as a means to enhance (and perhaps equalize) school outcomes, but disregards how family material and cultural conditions, and feelings about schooling, differ according to social class; thus, the partnership-parental involvement ideal is more likely to be a projection of the model of upper-middle class, suburban community schooling than an open invitation for diverse families to recreate schooling. Although it appeals to the image of the traditional community school, the pressure for more family educational accountability really overlooks history as well as present social conditions. Finally, family-school relations are relations of power, but most families are powerless. De Carvalho makes the case that two linked effects of this policy are the gravest: the imposition of a particular parenting style and intrusion into family life, and the escalation of educational inequality.
"Rethinking Family-School Relations: A Critique of Parental Involvement in Schooling"--a carefully researched and persuasively argued work--is essential reading for all school professionals, parents, and individuals concerned with public schooling and educational equality.

Prologuep. 1
The Articulation of Family and School in Educational Policyp. 9
Family-School Interactions: Lessons from Personal Experiencep. 29
Education and Social Reproduction: the Quest for Equity Within Family-School Relationsp. 43
The Obscure Side of Homeworkp. 115
Epilogue: Perverse Effects of Parental Involvement as Policy: Extending Symbolic Violence to the Realm of the Family and Weakening the Egalitarian Ideal of Public Educationp. 135
Referencesp. 141
Author Indexp. 151
Subject Indexp. 155
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ISBN: 9780805834963
ISBN-10: 0805834966
Series: Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Educatio
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st October 2000
Publisher: LAWRENCE ERLBAUM ASSOC INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.75  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1

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