Parents, Gender and Education Reform


This book provides a detailed review of the complex relations between families and schools in the context of changing family structures and educational policies.

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This book provides a detailed review of the complex relations between families and schools in the context of changing family structures and educational policies.

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Editorial Reviews

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'Parents now play a more central part in educational policy throughtheir role as parent governors in schools. But despite this,policy, or indeed assumptions about the ways in which schoolsshould operate, are not based on a realistic view of the lives ofmothers and fathers or on the ways in which family life has changedin recent years. Miriam David argues convincingly that we cannotsensibly discuss schooling without taking account of what goes onin the home. This book breaks new ground in its analysis of therelationship of home and school and is essential reading for anyoneconcerned with children, education or parenthood.'
Martin Richards, Centre for Family Research, University ofCambridge

'This is a timely and thorough review of changes in partypolitical positions, policy approaches and the preoccupations ofsocial science research regarding education that enables us toappreciate the magnitude of the 1980s changes, particularly inrespect of the shifting meaning of the partnership between home andschool.'
Jane Lewis, The London School of Economics and PoliticalScience

'A timely and interesting book.' Political Studies

'David provides a good summary of family change in recentdecades together with a balanced and comprehensive account ofeducational policy.' Social Policy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745606378
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/17/1993
  • Series: Family Life Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Miriam David is Director of the Social Sciences Research Centre and Head of Research in Legal, Political and Social Sciences in the Business School at the South Bank University.

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Table of Contents


1. Introduction: Parents, Education Reforms and SocialResearch.

2. The Family Policy Context: The War over the Family andFamily Life Changes: 1944-1992.

3. The Education Policy Context: The Idea of àMeritocracy' from 1944-1976.

4. The Education Policy Context: The Idea of àParentocracy' from 1976-1992.

5. Parents and Education: The Social DemocracticReformer-Researcher Partnersip over Equal Opportunities.

6. A Parental 'Voice' in Education as Community, or Consumer,Involvement?.

7. Parental or Family Choice of School, or ofEducation.

8. Parental Involvement for School Effectiveness or HomeImprovement?.

9. Mothers in Education, or Mum's the Word?.

10. Debating the Effects of Family Changes and Circumstanceson Children's Education.

11. Conclusions: Family Changes, Social Research andEducation Reforms.



Index of Authors.

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