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ERIC Number: EJ1136168
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0141-1926
Education, Parenting and Family: The Social Geographies of Family Learning
Wainwright, Emma; Marandet, Elodie
British Educational Research Journal, v43 n2 p213-229 Apr 2017
This paper explores the relationship between education, parenting and family through the prism and particularities of family learning. Family learning is an example of an educational initiative, primarily aimed at parents and linked to wider policy concerns, which can be explored through a mapping of its social geographies; family learning is played out across and productive of different sites, spaces and identities. Based on qualitative research undertaken in West London, this paper draws on individual and group interviews with mothers participating in family learning classes and interviews with family learning providers. The key argument we extend is that focusing on the social geographies of family learning--of home, school, work, community and nation--allows us to see how educational initiatives extend the state's reach in family life, producing particular normative versions of family and "good" parenting operating at a range of interconnecting scales. Education remains a cornerstone of family policy in the UK and detailed analyses of specific initiatives at the point of implementation--how they are practiced and received--is vital for better understanding their diverse and varied effects in contemporary society.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)
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