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ERIC Number: EJ870910
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1467-5986
Parental Involvement in the Development of a Culture-Based School Curriculum
Johansson, Gunilla
Intercultural Education, v20 n4 p311-319 Aug 2009
This study focuses on parental involvement in Sami schools when developing a culturally sensitive school curriculum. The research recognizes a number of competing and complementary interests that play a role when constructing structures and policies in curriculum development. Two Sami schools in Sweden with 115 pupils, their parents and 27 teachers were included in a longitudinal three-year study. Interviews, school visits, videotapes and document analysis were used to gather information. The results indicate the invisible existence of culture-based school practice and curriculum texts. The lack of contact among homes, schools and community culture was obvious. Parents and teachers expressed an interest in developing a culture-based local curriculum through a process of reflecting on and creating an education incorporating the past, the present and the future. The study showed that parents, pupils and teachers experienced increased awareness in culture-based schoolwork. The study pointed to a desire for cooperation between home and school in the development of a culture-based school curriculum and a school practice supported by a culturally responsible teacher.
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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: Sweden