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ERIC Number: EJ821753
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0859
Value Added?: Teachers' Investments in and Orientations toward Parent Involvement in Education
Schecter, Sandra R.; Sherri, Dana L.
Urban Education, v44 n1 p59-87 2009
Research suggests that community-referenced pedagogy initiatives foster academic inclusion for minority students. However, we know little about such engagements' benefits for teachers. This study provides insights into teachers' dispositions toward school-based parent involvement in education based on ethnographic data collected through participant observation and sequenced, scheduled interviews and follow-up conversations with 3 key teacher respondents. Results demonstrate respondents' convergences regarding these engagements' "value-added" dimensions for the "other." Teachers acknowledged benefits related to curriculum orientation for parents, opening lines of communication, building community, linguistic diversity as a resource, and parent advocacy. Although respondents converged on "value added" for self, they placed different emphases on this value's dimensions. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada