ERIC Number: EJ845913
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
"What He Wanted Was Real Stories, but No One Would Listen": A Child's Literacy, a Mother's Understandings
White, Connie L.
Language Arts, v86 n6 p431-439 Jul 2009
This article discusses the importance of including mothers' knowledge of their children's learning in school discourses, theories, and practices. It draws on the story of one mother who participated in the author's research. The experiences explicated in this story elucidate exclusionary practices that silence and marginalize mothers in our school systems. The article shows why it is critical that we listen to these traditionally unheard voices, if we truly wish for more socially just and equitable classrooms. It offers examples of more hopeful, inclusive partnerships made possible when teachers look beyond the everyday taken-for-granted practices of schools and work with mothers toward creating new spaces and possibilities.
Descriptors: Equal Education, Mothers, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Parent School Relationship, Literacy Education, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Elementary School Teachers, Focus Groups, Parent Attitudes, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Parents; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada