ERIC Number: ED347677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Barriers to Integrated Schools and Classrooms: Affluent Parents' Perceptions of Their Own and Other People's Children.
Brantlinger, Ellen; Guskin, Samuel
Findings of a study that examined high-income mothers' views toward their children in relation to those of lower-income levels and attitudes toward educational segregation are presented in this paper. Conducted as part of a broader examination of social class influences on schooling, this study is based on interviews conducted with 20 high-income mothers in a small midwestern city. Findings indicate that affluent parents viewed their own children as more intelligent and competent than those of the poor and pushed for advanced separate school situations. Respondents adhered to the cultural deprivationist philosophy of socialization and believed that public schools were inadequate for their children but satisfactory for low-income children. They viewed schools as meritocracies and favored increased social control in the schools, simultaneous with increased rewards for the winners, or their children. Five tables are included. (31 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).