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ERIC Number: EJ911164
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
Enhancing Parent Leadership through Building Social and Intellectual Capital
Bolivar, Jose M.; Chrispeels, Janet H.
American Educational Research Journal, v48 n1 p4-38 Feb 2011
Inequality of access to educational resources by different social classes has been widely documented, and schools have instituted parent programs to ameliorate this situation. However, lacking are theoretically based studies that explain how and why a program may be effective in bringing about change. The authors studied a 12-week parent leadership program for Hispanics that provided opportunities for interaction, knowledge exchange, leadership development, trust building, and collective action--important components of social and intellectual capital. Their research shows that when parents participate in leadership development, they are empowered to effect changes that benefit their children through individual and collective actions. Some parent graduates founded organizations that continue to affect the educational system. The authors argue that the concepts of social and intellectual capital can inform parent involvement research and practice because they explain a community's capability to engage in new forms of action. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California