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Practices of parental participation: a case study

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The nature of parental participation in children's education is changing rapidly. A growing body of research points to the positive effect that parental involvement has on outcomes of schooling and on children's well-being. This paper examines parental participation practices in terms of parents working together with a range of professionals, exchanging knowledge and information regarding their child's SEN, challenging practices, and negotiating SEN provision. The parents in this study exercised agency - that is, they showed resilience and took initiative, within a context of shared responsibility and accountability, and advocated for their child's right to educational provision. This paper argues for a strengths-based approach towards enabling active parental participation and advocacy.

Keywords: advocacy models; parental involvement; participation

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Institute of Education, University of Warwick, Warwick, UK

Publication date: June 1, 2008

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