ERIC Number: EJ800484
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 99
When Parents Choose to Start Up a School: A Social-Capital Perspective on Educational Entrepreneurship
Journal of Educational Administration, v46 n1 p99-118 2008
Purpose: By exploring the unique networks of parents, this paper attempts to shed light on the assumptions of social capital theory, showing the advantages of combining bonding and bridging social capital for educational entrepreneurship. Design/methodology/approach: This paper focuses on a group of Israeli parents who founded a new school. Data collection and analysis were based on the grounded theory perspective. In total, 20 in-depth interviews were conducted. Triangulation was achieved by studying the phenomenon from different perspectives: those of the founders, school employees, and people who supported the founding of the school. The data were analyzed using categorization techniques. Findings: The paper finds that bonding and bridging social capital complemented each other. Whereas the former was employed to take advantage of existing opportunities in the community, the latter was used to explore new opportunities that would otherwise not be available. Moreover, it was found that both strong and weak ties may be used by parents to obtain scarce resources. The study shows that parents with cultural capital know the "rules of the game" and can therefore take advantage of network opportunities to ensure the school's survival. Originality/value: This paper reframes parental involvement, using social capital as a theoretical perspective. From this perspective, it uncovers the deeper aspects of the network dynamics and unique circumstances created when bonding and bridging social capital are combined.
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Entrepreneurship, Social Capital, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Israel