A labour of love : mothers, emotional capital and homework

Hutchison, Kirsten 2012, A labour of love : mothers, emotional capital and homework, Gender and education, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 195-212.

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Title A labour of love : mothers, emotional capital and homework
Author(s) Hutchison, Kirsten
Journal name Gender and education
Volume number 24
Issue number 2
Start page 195
End page 212
Total pages 18
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2012-03
ISSN 0954-0253
1360-0516
Keyword(s) emotional capital
parental involvement
homework
Bourdieu
Summary This paper develops a new analysis of homework by building on feminist scholarship which documents the invisible labour done by women in support of their children's education. While numerous studies have examined the relationship between homework and achievement, little attention has been paid to the largely gendered and potentially stressful nature of ‘parental involvement’. The analytic focus in this paper is on the complex emotional and pedagogical dimensions of homework and the ways it is shaped by socio-cultural contexts. Videotaped homework interactions between one working-class and two middle-class mothers and their children are examined using Bourdieu's concepts of habitus and capital. The analysis distinguishes between productive pedagogical relationships and those that promote extensive anxiety and are counterproductive to learning. The paper argues that the reserves of cultural and emotional capital required for homework completion are significant and that class position does not necessarily guarantee the ways in which these capitals are mobilised.
Language eng
Field of Research 160809 Sociology of Education
Socio Economic Objective 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30046149

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Collection: School of Education
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