Parental participation in primary education
Vincent, Carol (1993) Parental participation in primary education. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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This thesis is a qualitative study of the power relations structuring
interactions between parents and teachers in one inner London borough.
The first three chapters consider the theories and practice of
participation and the extent of its realisation in education.
Individual parental involvement is seen as the accepted way for
parents to intervene in their child's education; this tendency is
heightened by the current New Right emphasis on the 'parent-asconsumer'.
Such individual parental incursions can only have a limited
effect upon the imbalance of power that defines relationships between
teachers and working class parents. However opportunities for
collective parental participation are found to be restricted.
Chapters five to nine contain case studies of two primary
schools, a home-school co-ordinators' project and a parents' centre.
The ethnographic chapters use fieldwork data, gathered mainly through
semi-structured interviews to illustrate the effects of social class,
ethnicity and gender; firstly, on individual teacher-parent-officer
relations, and secondly, on allowing access to school and LEA decisionmaking
fora. These chapters illustrate the arguments of the earlier
theoretical chapters, by showing how teachers as individuals and
schools as institutions allow particular types of individual parental
involvement whilst limiting opportunities for collective parental
The concluding chapter applies these findings to the theoretical
arguments outlined in chapters one to three. It argues that allowing
parents a role as participant would profoundly alter their
relationship with the education system. Such a role - resulting in
increased lay participation in a welfare state institution - is seen
as an integral part of citizenship in a fully participative democracy.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||L Education > LC Special aspects of education|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Parent-teacher relationships -- England -- London, School management and organization -- Parent participation -- England -- London, Education, Primary -- Parent participation -- England -- London|
|Official Date:||April 1993|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations (Economic and Social Research Council)|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Troyna, Barry ; Ball, Wendy|
|Extent:||vii, 277 leaves|
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