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ERIC Number: ED435487
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-22
Pages: 18
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Learning To Be a Parent: A Bakhtinian Analysis of Home-School Relations.
Graue, Elizabeth; Prager, Dana
When their children begin school, parents already have in place ideas and practices that have an impact upon their interpretation and incorporation of school culture. This paper uses Bakhtin's concepts of addressivity, answerability, and ethical activity to analyze key thinking related to home-school relations and to illustrate how parents of kindergartners and first graders from one elementary school frame their parental role in their discussions of expectations for their child, themselves, and their child's teacher. Data were collected by means of parental interviews as part of a larger ethnographic study on community beliefs about school readiness. The findings suggested that although parents' orientations were shaped by cultural meanings related to social class and gender, they were distinctly personal. Parents relied on their own experiences as students, professional experiences as educators, experiences with their other children and the school culture, and understanding of their individual children to frame expectations and gauge their child's progress. Cultural practices had a strong set of social networks used to help parents understand their role, provide resources for action, and set frameworks for action. Opportunities for parental congregation and information sharing were provided at the bus stop, through volunteering to gain information on their child's daily routine and to gain a voice with their child's teacher, and through developing a personal relationship with the teacher and maintaining a position of equality with staff without overstepping boundaries. (Contains 15 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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