ERIC Number: EJ906424
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
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From Theory to Practice: Engaging Immigrant Parents in Their Children's Education
Bernhard, Judith K.
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v56 n3 p319-334 Fall 2010
The development of a series of theoretically based interventions for newcomer (immigrant) parents was undertaken over a 10-year period through an iterative method of designing and analyzing a series of ethnographic studies of its implementation. The results of three such interventions are reported here. The work was based on the critical theory of Freire and the post-Marxist and radical theories of Bourdieu and Cummins. Specifically, the interventions were designed to help immigrant groups of parents (of Latino origin) to understand their position of marginality, to help empower them, and to provide them with a basis for acting in support of their children's education in the new host country. The findings of the interventions reported show how the research program evolved along with the dialectic refinement of practice and theory.
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Ethnography, Cultural Context, Immigrants, Parent Participation, Theory Practice Relationship, Intervention, Hispanic Americans, Migrant Children, Migrant Education, Program Implementation, School Community Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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