Divided and United Kingdom: parents in education and the common issue of inequality across the diversity of four nations

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Christie, S. and Apps, J. 2019. Divided and United Kingdom: parents in education and the common issue of inequality across the diversity of four nations. in: Byrne, D. and Paseka, A. (ed.) Parental Involvement Across European Education Systems : Critical Perspectives Abingdon, Oxon. Routledge.
AuthorsChristie, S. and Apps, J.
EditorsByrne, D. and Paseka, A.
Abstract

Are parents across the four nations of the United Kingdom expected to participate in education systems where all but the most privileged are disempowered and pathologised? This chapter argues that this is the case. This worrying contemporary positioning of parents as they engage with schools and education is foregrounded in legislative and political history, research trends and new research directions which are specific to the UK. The chapter charts the divergence between England and the devolved nations of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in policies concerning parental engagement and involvement in education. It also reveals commonalities between the nations in contemporary political educational agendas and, therein, the expectations placed upon parents in respect of their involvement with their children’s learning. The differences and similarities are scrutinized in the context of educational and sociological research which reveals that the enactment of policy through practice and the lived experiences of parents suggest a worrying culture of exclusion and inequality in which many are both disadvantaged and marginalised.

KeywordsParents; education; involvement; engagement; UK; overview
Year2019
Book titleParental Involvement Across European Education Systems : Critical Perspectives
PublisherRoutledge
Output statusPublished
Place of publicationAbingdon, Oxon.
Edition1st edition
SeriesRoutledge Research in International and Comparative Education
ISBN9781138479197
Publication dates
Print19 Sep 2019
Publication process dates
Deposited08 Nov 2019
Related URLhttps://www.routledge.com/
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