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ERIC Number: EJ1086595
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
Understanding Silence: An Investigation of the Processes of Silencing in Parent-Teacher Conferences with Somali Diaspora Parents in Danish Public Schools
Matthiesen, Noomi Christine Linde
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v29 n3 p320-337 2016
This article questions the dominant understanding that immigrant and refugee parents in parent-teacher conferences are silent because they come from a culture where one does not question the authority of the teacher. Instead, it is argued that they "become" silent through certain interactional processes. Building on material from an explorative case study of the home-school relations of Somali diaspora families in Danish public schools, the article argues that while these parents have many opinions about their children's education that they wish to convey, there are institutional and interactional processes in the parent-teacher conference that systematically silence their voices. The understanding of culture as a stable structure that persons are situated within in a top-down manner is thus challenged, arguing that dynamic here-and-now interactions unfolding in a specific practice result in persons "becoming," rather than "being," silent.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Denmark; Somalia
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