ERIC Number: ED394175
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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Schooling, Welfare and Parental Responsibility.
Wyness, Michael G.
Issues of child protection, child abuse, and delinquency have generated public and academic concerns about the ability of adults to underwrite the physical, moral, and social welfare of children. At the same time, recent educational reform has provoked debate about the shifting balance of power between parents and teachers. This book combines these two agendas in a theoretical framework and examines the common understandings of the concept of parental responsibility. Data were derived from interviews with 20 teachers from five Scottish secondary schools and from interviews with 12 middle-class couples and 10 working-class couples with 14-15 year old children Following the introduction, chapter 1 outlines an ongoing debate that converges on the theme of family decline. Chapter 2 deals with the extent to which the classroom managerial skills of the teacher are necessarily diluted by a teaching approach that emphasizes the emotional and social as well as the intellectual welfare of the child. The third chapter assesses the kinds of assumptions that parents and teachers make about their respective spheres of influence. Chapters 4 and 5 document the ways in which parents assert their moral and social responsibilities in and against what is perceived to be an increasingly morally and socially fragmented outside world. The fourth chapter focuses on the routine business of establishing boundaries within the home that often necessitate creating boundaries between the home and outside world. In chapters 5 and 6, the debate around the interventionist powers of the school as a moral agency is explicitly addressed in an examination of responsibilities for sex education. The final chapter locates major findings of the book within the conflicting images of parenthood that reflect different ideological emphases in public policy. An index is included. Appendices describe the teacher and parent samples. (Contains 195 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Discipline, Foreign Countries, Government School Relationship, Parent Attitudes, Parent Responsibility, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Public Policy, School Responsibility, Secondary Education, Social Responsibility, Social Theories, Student Welfare, Teacher Role
Falmer Press, Taylor & Francis, Inc., 1900 Frost Road, Suite 101, Bristol, PA 19007 (paperback: ISBN-0-7507-0438-1; clothbound: ISBN-0-7507-0437-3).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
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