Developing partnership relationships between home and school is one of the prime focuses in the current education reform movement in Hong Kong. Particularly, specific instructions for involving parents at various levels of children’s education have been spelled out in many governmental policy documents. This article reports on an interpretive study that explores the micro-politics of parental involvement in school education in two primary schools in Hong Kong. By analyzing the interviews with 12 parents and 10 teachers and field-notes of participant and non-participant observations in the case study schools, three propositions of power relations between parents and schools emerge. The findings indicate that in the process of encouraging parents’ participation in school education, teaching professionals demonstrated ethnocentric attitudes towards parents; parents were being utilized as instruments of the school initiatives; and the notion of “parents-as-school governors” was of empty rhetoric in home-school cooperation.
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2013|
CitationNg, S.-W. (2013, September). The micro-politics of parental involvement: Ethnocentrism, utilitarianism or rhetoric. Paper presented at the International Conference on Information and Social Science, Nagoya, Japan.
- Parental involvement
- Hong Kong