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ERIC Number: ED432654
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 39
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The Need for Scaffolding Parent Support in an Urban School.
Friedlaender, Diane
The efforts of an urban middle school to involve parents in the functioning of the school by employing two parent representatives in an on-site parent center were studied. The school demonstrated its commitment to parent involvement by setting aside a classroom as a parent center and staffing it with two parent representatives, one African American and one Latina. Field notes from parent meetings and interviews with seven parents, the two parent representatives, four administrators, and the parenting class teacher also provided information about the program. Some rewarding interactions did occur between parents and educators at this school, but they were limited by a variety of factors and actually involved relatively few parents. The seeds for democratic participation were planted by the diversity of the participating parents, the inclusive style of the parenting class, and the exposure of parents to the sociocultural knowledge of schooling that was transmitted in parent meetings. Overall, however, parents were not supported in gaining participation skills or opportunities to organize their own efforts. Data seem to reveal clearly that parental involvement in urban communities needs scaffolded support. Participation skills should be modeled for parents by peers who engage them in horizontal relations that allow them to learn without fear of being silenced, alienated, or embarrassed. (Contains 30 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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