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ERIC Number: EJ795125
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1528-3534
Desegregated but Unequal: Some Paradoxes of Parent Involvement at Bromden Elementary
Sturges, Keith M.; Cramer, Elizabeth D.; Harry, Beth; Klingner, Janette K.
International Journal of Educational Policy, Research, and Practice: Reconceptualizing Childhood Studies, v6 n1 p79-104 Spr 2005
In this article, we examine the behaviors and contrasting perspectives, attitudes, and expectations of three sets of stakeholders--school personnel and the two communities of parents that represented equal portions of the population at an elementary school that had recently undergone substantial restructuring resulting from a desegregation order. Based on our findings, we contend that disorganization, lack of communication, varying definitions of parent involvement, and unequal power relations hampered substantive parent involvement. We further conclude that these barriers reduce the school's capacity to engage parents in sustainable, meaningful home-school collaboration. We offer possible solutions, drawn from empirically-based literature on effective home-school interactions. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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