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Breaking the Silence: Providing Authentic Opportunities for Parents to be Heard

Solvason, Carla ORCID:, Cliffe, J. and Bailey, E. (2019) Breaking the Silence: Providing Authentic Opportunities for Parents to be Heard. Power and Education, 11 (2). pp. 191-203. ISSN 1757-7438

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Within Western society over the past 30 years a vivid picture has emerged of exactly what a ‘good parent’ looks like. This ideal parent works hard in order to contribute to the economic wellbeing of the nation at the same time as having abundant time for the nurture and educational development of their child. This parent does not question or challenge, but rather silently supports the superior knowledge of researchers, policy makers and educationalists. This parent is ‘valued’ as the child’s first educator, yet, we argue in this piece, has no voice.
In this literature-based article we explore the silencing of parents within educational systems and look at the possibility of creating more authentic partnerships between them and educational settings. We challenge notions of parental conformity and instead encourage educational cultures where parents are invited to suggest and challenge, inspire and educate. We look at ways of opening positive channels of communication between parents and educationalists, where knowledge and perceptions of quality can be genuinely shared, recognising and respecting the multiple dimensions of school and family life.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: parents, partnership, power, voice, research
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
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Depositing User: Carla Solvason
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2019 09:52
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:28

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