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ERIC Number: EJ896848
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4385
Strengthening Connections between Schools and Diverse Families: A Cultural Capital Perspective
Wegmann, Kate; Bowen, Gary L.
Prevention Researcher, v17 n3 p7-10 2010
Cultural capital is broadly defined as the knowledge or resources unique to a particular cultural group that give social advantage to members of that group. In the educational setting, cultural capital refers to the often unnoticed advantages a family has when their cultural background matches with the culture of a school. Although often unacknowledged, cultural capital plays a critical role in building family-school partnerships. This article provides a definition of cultural capital, distinguishes it from social capital, and highlights ways that families may be inadvertently included or excluded in a school setting based on cultural capital. Suggestions are given for how schools can build strong, effective partnerships with diverse families, including creating an identity-safe atmosphere, recognizing and valuing multiple forms of parent involvement, and carefully assessing the attitudes and actions a school conveys to parents. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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