Parents, Gender and Education Reform

Parents, Gender and Education Reform

by Miriam David
     
 

In Britain, as in other advanced industrial societies, such as the US, education is high on the public policy agenda. The concern is about how to maintain and improve educational standards. The right aims to give more power to parents as consumers in the education market-place, on the ostensible grounds of demanding better educational standards for their own

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Overview

In Britain, as in other advanced industrial societies, such as the US, education is high on the public policy agenda. The concern is about how to maintain and improve educational standards. The right aims to give more power to parents as consumers in the education market-place, on the ostensible grounds of demanding better educational standards for their own children. The left aims to involve parents in educational processes in order to make schooling more effective.

This book reviews the evidence that has been amassed over the last 40 to 50 years in order to evaluate these two sets of claims about how to improve educational provision. Various public policy strategies have been pursued to develop schooling in conjunction with families. Social scientists have been involved in evaluating recent education reforms, especially over parental choice and involvement.

The book also reviews the effects that changing family structures, such as the growth of lone-parent families and maternal employment, have on educational opportunities and performance. It considers the impacts on both children and parents, especially mothers. It concludes with a consideration of the future of education reforms in the light of changing family structures and asks whether social and sexual inequalities are likely to be exacerbated by current trends.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745606378
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/17/1993
Series:
Family Life Series
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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