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ERIC Number: EJ1111120
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
Reinforcing Deficit, Journeying toward Equity: Cultural Brokering in Family Engagement Initiatives
Ishimaru, Ann M.; Torres, Kathryn E.; Salvador, Jessica E.; Lott, Joe, II; Williams, Dawn M. Cameron; Tran, Christine
American Educational Research Journal, v53 n4 p850-882 Aug 2016
Families are key actors in efforts to improve student learning and outcomes, but conventional engagement efforts often disregard the cultural and social resources of nondominant families. Individuals who serve as cultural brokers play critical, though complex, roles bridging between schools and families. Using an equitable collaboration lens with boundary-spanning theory, this comparative case study examined how individuals enacted cultural brokering within three organizational contexts. Our findings suggest a predominance of cultural brokering consistent with programmatic goals to socialize nondominant families into school-centric norms and agendas. However, formal leadership and boundary-spanning ambiguity enabled more collective, relational, or reciprocal cultural brokering. These dynamics suggest potential stepping stones and organizational conditions for moving toward more equitable forms of family-school collaboration and systemic transformation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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