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ERIC Number: EJ815404
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1745-7823
Involving Parents through School Letters: Mothers, Fathers and Teachers Negotiating Children's Education and Rearing
Forsberg, Lucas
Ethnography and Education, v2 n3 p273-288 Sep 2007
The present article explores home-school relations by analyzing how Swedish teachers and parents negotiate responsibility for children's education and rearing through school letters. It draws on participant observations using a video camera in families, interviews with parents, and analysis of school letters written by teachers to parents. The division of public and private responsibility for children is negotiated in terms of expertise. Teachers position themselves as "educational experts", and are able to prescribe how parents are supposed to be involved in children's education. Teachers construct parents as "rearing experts", and ask them to take responsibility for their children's behavior in school by disciplining them at home. The prescribed parental subject is adopted by parents, particularly mothers, as they position themselves as involved parents. (Contains 2 notes.)
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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: Sweden