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ERIC Number: EJ1023366
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-4985
Home-School Agreements: Explaining the Growth of "Juridification" and Contractualism in Schools
Gibson, Howard
Oxford Review of Education, v39 n6 p780-796 2013
Since 1998 all maintained schools, academies and city technology colleges in England and Wales have been required to publish a home-school agreement. This documents the school's responsibilities and the obligations of parents, and itemises the behaviour expected of pupils. Most of the parties sign it, from as young as four, although there is no legal obligation to do so. Interview evidence would suggest, however, that the agreement is not only asymmetrically constructed but can be read as part of a broader and worrying shift in cultural practice that augments law-based or "juridified" forms of social management. It also suffers from deficits more commonly associated with contract theory insofar as it makes similar assumptions about human nature that misjudge and undervalue the qualities of moral obligation and trust. The paper argues that this creates problems for schools functionally dependent upon social integration through shared values and consensus formation.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)
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