This book addresses central questions regarding parental involvement across European educational systems; exploring the commonalities and differences across European countries and the extent to which current policy and practice pertaining to parental involvement is inclusive of diversity.
Adopting an interdisciplinary approach that draws from the fields of education, sociology and psychology, it presents a description of the policy context and empirical research on critical perspectives relating to parental involvement. Comprising a rich varied cross-section of national experiences from eleven European countries and the contexts surrounding them, case studies provide insights into parental involvement across Europe and identify challenges in the field.
This volume’s in-depth approach and comprehensive interrogation of parental involvement across European education systems make it an ideal resource for parents, teachers and academics, researchers and post-graduate students in the fields of education policy and comparative education, as well as teacher educators and policy makers.
Table of Contents
List of Contributors; Introduction; 1. Cyprus: Depicting the Landscape of School–Family Relationships and Family–School Involvement in Cyprus; 2. Germany: Parental Involvement in Germany; 3. Iceland: Home–School Cooperation in Iceland: Characteristics and Values; 4. Ireland: Parental Involvement in Ireland; 5. The Netherlands: Parental Involvement in the Netherlands; 6. Norway: Parental Involvement in Norway – Ideals and Realities; 7. Portugal: Family Involvement and Participation in Schools in Portugal: The Difficulty in Sharing Responsibilities; 8. Slovenia: Overprotective Parenthood: Parental Involvement in the Educational Trajectories of their Children in Slovenia; 9. Sweden: Parental Involvement in Sweden Exemplified through National Policy on Homework Support; 10. Switzerland: Parental Involvement and Career Decision-Making: The Case of Switzerland; 11. United Kingdom: Divided and United Kingdom: Parents in Education and the Common Issue of Inequality Across the Diversity of Four Nations; 12. United Kingdom: Parental Involvement: A Feminist Critical Review from a UK Perspective; 13. Home-Based Parental Involvement and Parental Perception of Schools: A Cross-Country Analysis; 14. Parental Involvement Across European Education Systems: A Critical Conclusion; Index
Angelika Paseka is Full Professor in Education at the University of Hamburg, Germany. She has expertise in teacher professionalism research, parental involvement and qualitative research methods.
Delma Byrne is a Sociology Lecturer at Maynooth University, Ireland. Her work focuses on comparative social stratification and the sociology of education.