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ERIC Number: EJ1045760
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1068-3844
Cultural Capital in the Village: The Role African-American Families Play in the Education of Children
Louque, Angela; Latunde, Yvette
Multicultural Education, v21 n3-4 p5-10 Spr-Sum 2014
There is an old adage that says it takes a village to raise a child. The key principles of the village concept may include influences and interactions of families, home environments, schools, and communities. The interconnectedness of these constituents may positively or negatively impact one another and the sustainment of the village, with all interactions impacting children and their achievement. Although the term "village" typically denotes immediate surroundings and close proximal interaction, that definition can now be widened with the pervasiveness of social media, the Internet, and broad-based neighborhood connections. Although the village concept is used universally, African-American families, in particular, traditionally rely on the village for support in their children's education (Auerbach, 2012; Brandon, 2007; Thompson, 2003, 2004). The purpose of this article is to highlight findings from a study that examined the perceptions and strategies parents/guardians of African-American school-age children employed while engaging with their children's education (Banks & Banks, 2004; Brandon, 2007; Darling-Hammond, 2004; Hale, 2001). This work is important for school personnel and family members who wish to participate in effective parental engagement strategies that improve student outcomes. In this study, a mixed methods approach was used to ascertain the engagement of African-American families with their children's education. This approach involved using both surveys and follow-up interviews in order to analyze perceptions, experiences, and feelings. The results of this study, in addition to being consistent with the general findings of previous research (Boone & King-Berry, 2006; Brandon, 2007; Diamond, Wang, & Gomez, 2006; Kunjufu, 2012; Thompson, 2004), provide information on the strategies and perceptions of African-American families when engaging in their children's education. The study also provides insight into the cultural capital of African-American families.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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