ERIC Number: EJ1052351
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
The Micro-Politics of Parental Involvement in School Education in Hong Kong: Ethnocentrism, Utilitarianism or Policy Rhetoric!
Ng, Shun-wing; Yuen, Wai Kwan Gail
Educational Review, v67 n2 p253-271 2015
The impact of parental involvement on school management has been recognized by many education professionals and policy-makers. Thus parental involvement in school education becomes one of the prime focuses in the current education reform movement in Hong Kong. Particularly, specific guidelines and policies for involving parents at various levels of children's education have been spelled out in many governmental policy documents. This article reports on an interpretive study that explores the micro-politics of parental involvement in school education in two primary schools in Hong Kong. By analyzing the interviews with 14 parents, eight teachers and two principals, together with the field-notes of participant observations in two case study schools, three propositions of power relations between parents and teaching professionals emerge. The findings indicate that in the process of encouraging parents' participation in school education, teaching professionals demonstrated ethnocentric attitudes towards parents; the notion of "parents as resources" were for pragmatic purposes; and the conception of "parents-as-school-governors" was of policy rhetoric in the process of implementation of home-school cooperation.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parent Participation, Educational Policy, Politics of Education, Educational Practices, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Elementary Education, Parent Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, Participant Observation, Case Studies, Rhetoric, Governance, Institutional Characteristics, Qualitative Research, Ethnography, Semi Structured Interviews, Ethnocentrism
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong