Parent voice: knowledge, values and viewpoint

Lumby, Jacky (2007) Parent voice: knowledge, values and viewpoint. Improving Schools, 10, (3), 220-232. (doi:10.1177/1365480207077842).


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National policy increasingly stresses the importance of parents’ engagement in education. However tensions and struggle for control between parents and teachers is a common research finding. This article identifies a number of reasons why parents’ views on curriculum, pedagogy and the purpose of schooling are commonly seen as of less relevance or legitimacy than those of teachers. The views of parents of children participating in vocational courses offered through two 14-19 Pathfinder partnerships are interrogated. The cogency of parents’ views and the differences in the values of parents and staff emerge. It is suggested that if parents’ voice is silenced, it is likely to be for reasons other than their capacity to enter into a debate on curriculum and pedagogy.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1177/1365480207077842
ISSNs: 1365-4802 (print)
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Keywords: schools, parents, curriculum, teaching and learning
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Leadership, School Improvement and Effectiveness
ePrint ID: 50359
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November 2007Published
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:27

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