ERIC Number: EJ916873
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
No Strangers in This School: How School Principals Can Honor Community and Public Relations that Support Multicultural Students
Abaya, Joel Ondieki; Normore, Anthony H.
Journal of School Public Relations, v31 n3 p189-204 Sum 2010
Through the use of the ethnomethodological lens of narrative inquiry, we argue that the relationship between school and community is an important ingredient that shapes a child's development and adaptation in any society. Our argument is based on the personal and professional experiences and observations of a Barbara L. Jackson Scholar who worked at an elementary school in the Midwestern United States. The school has a significant population of African-immigrant students. We postulate that schools are not intended to serve as isolated entities, and for that reason, community involvement in school activities is mandatory because it creates a conducive and positive school environment. Furthermore, we assert that principals ought to modify their daily routines and practices to accommodate the needs of immigrant communities by actively engaging in open and transparent communication with the communities they serve.
Descriptors: School Activities, Community Involvement, School Community Relationship, Public Relations, Educational Environment, Immigrants, Principals, Student Diversity, Administrator Role, Cultural Activities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Africa