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ERIC Number: EJ939363
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Working-Class Parents' Views of Secondary Education
Connell, R. W.
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v8 n3 p227-239 2004
Parents of upper-secondary students in public schools in New South Wales, Australia, gave accounts of their experience of education and their wider thinking about educational issues. Working-class families are bearers of educational histories which are often difficult or truncated, leaving parents with little familiarity with upper-secondary or post-school pathways. General views of education are strongly positive, sometimes diffuse and sometimes articulated, and are by no means narrowly instrumental. A mixture of criticism and praise for teachers responds to current family experiences with schools, parents' views often following the outlines of teachers' own perceptions. A fund of working-class support for public education has thus survived recent educational upheavals; at the same time, working-class families very much depend on the service and guidance provided by the schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A