Roles and Relationships Between Parents & Schools in Urban Centers
Posted by on May 19, 2006
[posted from Public Education Network newsblast]
ROLES & RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN PARENTS & SCHOOLS IN URBAN CENTERS
Drawing on the concept of a narrative, this article describes three basic patterns underlying the roles and relationships between parents and educators in urban schools: the deficit, in loco parentis, and relational narratives. Hollyce Giles offers evidence for the narratives from the research literature and from her interviews and participant observation as a counselor, consultant, and researcher in urban school reform initiatives. The article concludes by identifying strategies that school counselors can use to foster relationships between parents and educators that enhance the academic achievement and social and emotional development of students.
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