ERIC Number: EJ1020018
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
The Actual and Potential Participation of Primary School Pupils at Parents' Evenings: A Challenge to the Established Order
Inglis, Gillian H.
Improving Schools, v17 n1 p30-40 Mar 2014
As curricular development in Scotland espoused the importance of pupil participation, the extent to which this has been embedded across teachers' pedagogy into assessment and reporting practices warranted investigation. This article reports a mixed-methods study with parents, pupils and teachers from three Scottish primary schools that examined pupils' participation in parents' evenings. Findings revealed that pupils did not attend meetings but were relied upon as a source of preparation by attending parents. Adults rationalized excluding pupils from the perspective of protecting children or indicated a perceived tension between parental and pupil participation. While teachers and parents proposed passive pupil attendance based upon age and meeting content, many pupils were positively disposed towards potential attendance and envisioned more participatory roles during the meetings. I will conclude by suggesting that parents' evenings practice merits careful revision to reflect current educational discourse.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Participation, Parent Teacher Conferences, Elementary School Students, Parents, Elementary School Teachers, Student Attitudes, Parent Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Student Role, Educational Policy, Childrens Rights, Mixed Methods Research, Interviews, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)
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