Building New Social Movements: The Politics of Responsibility and Accountability in School-Community Relationships
This chapter provides both a response to Reid’s chapter “Public diversity; private disadvantage: schooling and ethnicity” and an extension of the discussion to explore the relationship between schools and the communities they serve. Particularly focused on schools in low socio-economic contexts, the chapter will reflect on issues of diversity and disadvantage by drawing on data from a research project investigating the importance of teachers researching their communities. Drawing on this data and the heretical discussions presented by Reid, this chapter will challenge generally accepted notions of parental involvement in schools, schools’ understandings of, and attitudes towards the communities they serve, and the extent to which policies and movements, such as school choice, shape current school-community relationships.
KeywordsSocial Movement Compulsory Schooling School Choice Social Disadvantage Australian Education
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