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ERIC Number: EJ834422
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3124
A Case Study of Three Mothers' Experiences in the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement: Having a Voice versus Getting a Hearing
Stelmach, Bonnie L.
International Journal of Leadership in Education, v8 n2 p167-185 Apr 2005
Parents are increasingly drawn into school improvement as a key strategy to enhancing student achievement, but parents' understanding of their role is not well documented. This case study illuminates three Alberta (Canada) mothers' perspectives on the meaning of school improvement and their experiences within the provincially funded Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) project. Conducted within a phenomenological framework, data were collected through semi-structured interviews with three mothers who participated in the AISI project at their children's schools. Each school implemented the school-home-community model championed by Joyce Epstein. Data interpretation suggests dissonance between parents' definition of and experiences with school improvement compared to the views promoted through AISI documents and by educators. Subsequent issues around the adoption or adaptation of parent involvement models are also raised. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada