ERIC Number: ED437453
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Reaching Out to Other People's Children in an Urban Middle School: The Families' Views. The Series on Cultural Interchange.
This monograph documents four families' reactions to the experiences their children encounter at their urban middle school, showing how the families' interpretations are shaped by their perceptions of the roles played by the school, the parents, and the children, and how these perceptions are further mediated by their racial consciousness, class, and the gender of their children. The first section discusses study methodology, the social context of the school, and the varied approaches and strategies the school used to reach out to students and their families. The second section includes four case studies illustrating how these approaches and strategies were interpreted by students and their families. By comparing and contrasting the interpretations of the case studies, the final section discusses a range of factors that mediated their interpretations and the tensions and dilemmas the school faced in its efforts to reach out to families from diverse backgrounds. (Contains 29 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Cultural Differences, Cultural Exchange, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Parent Attitudes, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Public Schools, Racial Identification, Sex Differences, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Teachers Coll. National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching.