Room to manoeuvre: Mobilising the 'active partner' in home-school relations

Olwen McNamara, David Hustler, Ian Stronach, Marta Rodrigo, Emma Beresford, Sue Botcherby

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Recent shifts within the popular conception of education as an aspect of the market economy positioning parent as consumer, teacher as producer and educated child as product have reformulated the various stakeholders as 'partners' in the business of educating children. This article, based upon data collected in an action research and development project, attempts to open up an interpretation of the dynamics of home-school relations in terms of a matrix of 'mobilisations' and 'demobilisations' between parents, teachers and children. In interpreting the agency/structure dualism in terms of such an interactive matrix, the article aims to establish some additional bases for practical and theoretical manoeuvres.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)472-489
Number of pages17
JournalBritish Educational Research Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2000


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