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    A Bioecological Perspective on Parental Involvement in Children’s Education

    O'Toole, Leah (2017) A Bioecological Perspective on Parental Involvement in Children’s Education. In: Conference Proceedings. The Future of Education. 7th edition. ISBN 8862928688

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    The importance of parental involvement in children’s education is so well established by so much research that it represents one of the most agreed-upon principles of good educational practice[1]. However, the literature often refers to ‘parents’ as one homogenous group, disregarding ethnicity, social class,gender,etc [2]. It is often inaccurately assumed that all parents are equally knowledgeable about education systems, and have equal capacity to support their children. Since children’s access to school is mediated through their parents, and some are not in a position to promote their children’s interests due to differing cultural, economic and social capital [3], interventions expecting all parents to behave similarly cannot provide equitable outcomes for children. This paper reports on an Irish study of parental involvement, theorised by Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological model of human development [4]. It recommends proactive approaches to relationship-building by educators,well-planned contextual supports, and an understanding of issues of diversity.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This paper was presented at the International Conference - The Future of Education, 7th Edition, Florence, Italu, 8-9 Jun 2017
    Keywords: Parental involvement; Diversity; Relationships; Bioecological theory;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education
    Item ID: 12057
    Depositing User: Leah O'Toole
    Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2019 16:37
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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