Understanding Parental Involvement in a Multi/intercultural Context

Carignan, Nicole; Pourdavood, Roland; King, Lonnie
January 2006
International Journal of Learning;2005/2006, Vol. 12 Issue 9, p115
Academic Journal
According to a West-African proverb, it takes the involvement of a village to raise a child. Here the meaning of ‘village’ refers to the necessity of the engagement of all members of the community around the school for the benefit of all children/students. The R-7 primary ‘Coloured’ school we studied is located in an urban area of the province of Eastern Cape in South Africa. School actors' social representation might connect to a collective representation that might be shared in some extent with some members of the community. Through their opinions about parental involvement, our participants (principal, teachers, students, and parents) expressed her/his life story, her/his singular but contextualized voice. In such a context, research has demonstrated that all children benefit from family involvement in education, but minority children and children from low-income families have the most to gain. In this paper, we attempt to identify the social representations of school actors about parental involvement in a pluriethnic environment.


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