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Whose homework? researching parental labour in socio-economically diverse communities

Hutchison, Kirsten 2004, Whose homework? researching parental labour in socio-economically diverse communities, in AARE 2004 : Doing the Public Good: Positioning Educational Research : International Education Research Conference Proceedings, Australian Association for Research in Education, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 114-114.

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Title Whose homework? researching parental labour in socio-economically diverse communities
Author(s) Hutchison, Kirsten
Conference name Australian Association for Research in Education. Conference (2004 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 28 Nov. - 2 Dec. 2004
Title of proceedings AARE 2004 : Doing the Public Good: Positioning Educational Research : International Education Research Conference Proceedings
Editor(s) Jeffrey, Peter L.
Publication date 2004
Start page 114
End page 114
Publisher Australian Association for Research in Education
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary Recent government education policies in Britain, USA and Australia advocate increased parental involvement in schooling. In the context of inadequate resourcing of public schools, increasingly parents assume significant responsibility for their children's education through active involvement in schools and at home. However, numerous studies have identified barriers to inclusion in the life of schools faced by families living in poverty, by families whose first language is not English, by Indigenous families. Class linked analyses of homework suggest that homework can be a source of stress in many families which serves to reinforce educational and social inequalities and underline cultural differences.


This paper reports on a feminist ethnographic study of homework which examines the nature and underlying purposes of tasks children bring from school for completion at home, the impact of homework on families, and the kinds of parental labour performed in homes where homework is completed. It reconceptualises homework as a 'field of practice' and develops a Bourdiueian analysis of parental management of homework across 2 socio-economically diverse communities. The paper argues that the pedagogical work in the home is increasingly complex and that the labour performed by parents is misunderstood and devalued in policies which shape homework.
ISSN 1324-9339
Language eng
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E3 Extract of paper
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30014367

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Social and Cultural Studies in Education
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