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Community Elders: The Roles of Parents in a School of ”Choice”

"This paper critiques the common argument that schools will become more responsive to parents and more equitable when ”chosen” by the clients they serve. Based on a qualitative study of an urban Catholic high school that is ”chosen” by an increasingly diverse clientele, the paper demonstrates that, even in schools that are outwardly characterized by values cohesion, shared goals, and voluntary affiliation, interaction between a school and its environment is likely to be a process of ongoing negotiations and unarticulated struggles for voice among unequals.

  • Author/Creator: Van Galen, J.A.
  • Date Published: March
  • Journal/Secondary Title: Urban Review
  • Number: 1
  • Volume: 29
  • Year: 1997

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