Re-Imagining Disadvantaged Community and Family Leadership for Learning: An (Im)modest Proposal

  • Greer Johnson
  • Paula Jervis-Tracey
Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE, volume 25)


This chapter challenges conventional notions of community and parental involvement in schooling, especially where it relates to those members of the community who do not have natural synergies with formal school-based learning. The chapter presents a proposal that defies deficit theories of upskilling an unrepresented group in favour of a way forward that invites parents to lead and engage in their children’s learning through a two-way conduit of respectful practice between communities, homes and schools.


Social Capital Parental Involvement School Leader School Community Civic Virtue 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Griffith Institute for Educational ResearchGriffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Professional Experience OfficeGriffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia

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