ERIC Number: EJ1086579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
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Enabling Voice: Aboriginal Parents, Experiences and Perceptions of Sending a Child to Boarding School in Western Australia
Mander, David J.
Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, v44 n2 p173-183 Dec 2015
This study explored the experience of having a child educated away from home at boarding school for Aboriginal parents living in regional and remote communities in Western Australia (WA). In-depth interviews were conducted with 11 participants and thematic analysis found the following major themes emerged from the data: (1) Access, Standards and Quality, and the subthemes of Declining Local Schools, Opportunity, and Worldliness; (2) Parental Agency and the subthemes of Parent-School Connection, Parenting Style, Communication, and Milestones and Siblings and; (3) Cultural Heritage and the subtheme of Maintenance and Transmission. The findings are described and then discussed in terms of practice implications relevant to boarding schools in WA. Limitations of the current study are acknowledged and directions for future research are proposed.
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Parent Attitudes, Boarding Schools, Foreign Countries, Rural Areas, Interviews, Parenting Styles, Parent School Relationship, Siblings, Cultural Maintenance, Educational Practices, Access to Education, Educational Quality, Standards, Educational Opportunities
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Identifiers - Location: Australia