Parent participation in disadvantaged schools : moving beyond attributions of blame

Mills, Carmen and Gale, Trevor 2004, Parent participation in disadvantaged schools : moving beyond attributions of blame, Australian journal of education, vol. 48, no. 3, pp. 268-281.

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Title Parent participation in disadvantaged schools : moving beyond attributions of blame
Author(s) Mills, Carmen
Gale, TrevorORCID iD for Gale, Trevor
Journal name Australian journal of education
Volume number 48
Issue number 3
Start page 268
End page 281
Total pages 14
Publisher Australian Council for Educational Research
Place of publication Camberwell, Vic.
Publication date 2004-11
ISSN 0004-9441
Keyword(s) parents
community involvement
disadvantaged groups
secondary schools
Summary Although facilitating community participation in disadvantaged schools can be difficult, this article argues that, given the structuring of schooling in contemporary western democracies, it is even more difficult than we might imagine. Drawing on Bourdieu, we attempt to elucidate the complex relations between schooling and socio·cultural contexts which can lead to inequalities of opportunity for parent participation in schooling and which work to maintain disadvantage for marginalised students. Recognitive justice, with its positive regard for social difference and centrality of social democratic processes, offers us another way of advancing this discussion beyond simplistic attributions of blame. In particular, a polities of recognition is concerned with opening up the processes of schooling to groups who often have been excluded. This article uses interview data from a small Australian secondary school located in a regional community with high welfare dependency and a large indigenous population.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, The Authors
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